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China obsessed with public order as massacre anniversary approaches

May 21, 2009

Tibetan Review
May 20, 2009

Public order remains a top priority of the
Chinese government in these difficult economic
times as the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen
Square massacre carried out to suppress demands
for accountable and corruption-free governance
drew near. The message driven home during a May
18 ceremony in Beijing to honour individual
delegates from across the country for their
dedication to public order. President Hu Jintao,
Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice President Xi Jinping,
and Zhou Yongkang, chief of the Central Political
and Legislative Affairs Committee of the
Communist Party of China (CPC), attended the
meeting held at the Great Hall of the People,
reported China’s official Xinhua news agency May 18.

Zhou, in particular, asked local governments to
improve their capability of handling public
security emergencies and actively prevent
potential social conflicts. The report the
government had carried out a strategy to maintain
social order and public security by involving
volunteers and Party members in enterprises,
offices, universities and even the retirees to
help the police authorities with information and
supervision on minor conflicts and suspected crimes.

Zhou wanted the local governments to enhance and
expand the grassroots network of the social order
maintaining units and "take the advantage of the public's power and wisdom."
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