China on Friday opened a center to receive and investigate public reports on violations of laws protecting cultural relics.
Culture Minister Luo Shugang said at the launch ceremony that the center, which is under the administration of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), will be a hub to handle such reports from around the country.
Luo called for efficient enforcement of the laws. The center's staff must be "guardians" of China's cultural heritage, he said.
The public can report to the center via a telephone hotline, mail, the SACH's website or email.