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China to increase anti-terror measures for ports
2005-03-01 00:38:26 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING, Mar 1 (AP) -- China said Tuesday it plans to establish anti-terror teams this year to monitor global terrorist activities and prevent attacks on its ports.

In 2005, the Administration for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine will improve port emergency plans and come up with more effective anti-terror measures, said the administration's Vice Minister Ge Zhirong.

"We are going to get together a group of relevant experts from the administration to analyze terrorist activities taking place overseas for any new methods they might be employing" and to come up with counter measures, Ge said.

China's Cabinet ordered increased terror monitoring in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States but the administration has so far "not detected any items of a terrorist nature in China's ports," Ge said at a press conference.

"But we are going to better prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario to prevent the future occurrence of such terrorist activities," he said.

Maritime and defense experts in Asia have warned that commercial shipping routes and ports are vulnerable to terrorist strikes.

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