By Yuan Yue, Sina English
China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) released a series of measures to protect areas marked as the base points of the country's territorial sea on September 11th, to facilitate its maritime supervision and inspection in the following days.
The release came after the administration's announcement of base points and baselines of the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets, as well as the names and coordinates of 17 base points on September 10th.
According to the SOA, the Island Protection Law of the People's Republic of China stipulates the country should mark up protected areas for its territorial sea base points and implement special protection over them.
On the protection and management of base points, the measures specify that marine administration departments under the local government at or above the county level should set up clear signs in the protected areas for its territorial sea base points, indicating the position, boundaries, targets and requirements for protection. Besides, any damage or movement of the signs without authorization is prohibited.
Meanwhile, the measures prohibit constructions or any other activities that may affect the topographic and geomorphic conditions of the protected area. In the case where the construction, which aims to protect the base points, is truly unavoidable, the matter must first undergo scientific appraisal, get approval from SOA, before it can go through the procedures according to the law.
The SOA indicates that China will push forward the selecting and marking work. After that, marine administration departments under the local government at or above the county level should reinforce the monitoring and evaluation, while maritime supervision section at all levels should carry out supervision and inspection in the concerned areas, to ensure our maritime interests.