Pub­lic helps track down miss­ing chil­dren

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

More than 90 per­cent of the miss­ing chil­dren whose de­tails were shared on an in­no­va­tive web plat­form over the past six months have been lo­cated, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

The Tuanyuan plat­form — or Re­union, as it is com­monly known — sends no­ti­fi­ca­tions via sev­eral so­cial me­dia apps to peo­ple in and around an area where a child has van­ished.

Since May 15, when the pro­gram was launched, po­lice have in­put the de­tails of 286 chil­dren into the sys­tem. So far, 260 of them have been ac­counted for, the min­istry said at a me­dia gath­er­ing in Bei­jing.

“The plat­form al­lows the pub­lic to par­tic­i­pate,” said Yang Dong, di­rec­tor of the min­istry's Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment, who ex­plained that peo­ple not only re­ceive a child's de­tails, but can also re­port sight­ings through apps.

GUO LILIANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Work­ers in­spect the Min Fan­glei, a 3,000-year-old bronze wine ves­sel. The ves­sel was to be re­united with its lid af­ter be­ing sep­a­rated for about 90 years. It was un­earthed in the Hu­nan prov­ince in the 1920s and was af­ter­wards traded abroad.

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