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China Coast Guard to be given authority to send criminal cases to prosecutors

  • October 29, 2021
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By Higa Seita, Beijing


The China Coast Guard (CCG) has drafted a set of new rules on criminal cases that fall under its jurisdiction, stipulating detailed procedures for making arrests and referrals to the prosecutors’ office. The new rules allow China to try Japanese fishermen captured by CCG ships in a Chinese court.


Recently CCG vessels have been continuously intruding into Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands, Okinawa Prefecture.


The new rules, which consist of 344 articles in total, were announced on Oct. 26. The provisions are expected to be enforced in concert with the China Coast Guard Law, which took effect in February and established the CCG as a law enforcement organization to enhance China’s interests at sea.


The new rules also authorize the CCG to use arms and devices to subdue suspects “in case of violent resistance or criminal activity involving violence.” The clause complements China’s Coast Guard Law, which gave the CCG the authority to use weapons against foreign organizations or individuals who violate China’s sovereignty rights.

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