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Troop protect border, fisheries

By Jin Haixing  (China Daily)

09:38, September 28, 2012

Border soldiers patrol Heixiazi Island in Heilongjiang province in September. (Jiang Dong / China Daily)

Editor's note: From Sept 11 to Sept 20, four China Daily reporters went to the Sino-Russian border and Sino-DPRK border in three provinces in Northeast China. They traveled more than 4,300 kilometers along the border area to cover the life and work of soldiers stationed there. A series of reports will be released from the front line.

As the autumn fishing-ban approaches in border rivers in Heilongjiang province, frontier soldiers were preparing to patrol and protect the environment, according to officers in the area.

A fishing ban takes effect twice a year, during which all fishing is forbidden along the Heilong and Wusuli rivers on China's border with Russia.

The summer ban was in July, and the autumn fishing ban will be from Monday to Oct 20.

Frontier soldiers of the Heilongjiang military district of the People's Liberation Army stationed in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province are busy this time every year because of the patrols, said Liu Yichen, head of the frontier post in Mohe county, on Sept 19.

The soldiers' duty is preventing fishing during the period, keeping people from both countries from illegally crossing the border, and monitoring suspect vehicles and airplanes, Liu said.

Liu's post is in the northernmost settlement in China, known as China's "Arctic Village". Usually, soldiers in the post patrol 70 km along the Heilong River, Liu said.

Jiang Nan, the political instructor for the company in the area, said that border patrols in the area will increase during the fishing ban.

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