Border patrol police in the province of Hainan on Tuesday were given the power to board and check ships which illegally enter its waters.

The police can board, seize and expel foreign ships illegally entering the province's sea areas, said a new regulation.

"Hainan border police are entitled to use these measures to stop ships from illegally entering or to force them into changing course," it said.

The regulation defines six practices of illegal activities of foreign ships or crews. These include illegal landing on the islands under the jurisdiction of Hainan, damaging coastal defense facilities or facilities for production and living, and carrying out publicity campaigns that endanger China's national security.


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