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UPDATED: 11:07, May 18, 2007
Beijing Olympic Games to be 'frugal, clean'
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In addition to "green, hi-tech and human-oriented", the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games will also be "frugal and clean", said the city's top official.

Addressing the 10th congress of the 16th Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) yesterday, Liu Qi, secretary of the committee, pledged to carry out more audits and strengthen supervision to ensure a frugal and clean Games.

The municipal government has already launched a series of projects to prepare the capital for the event. They range from mass renovation work to a campaign to cultivate good behavior among the capital's residents.

Liu, who is also the president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, said the Games will be a "new starting point" for the city, creating a perfect opportunity to overhaul the capital. He said the changes made for the Games will last long after the competition was over.

"(We will) make full use of the sports venues, facilities and talent resources pooled by the Games to develop modern service industries like sports, exhibitions, tourism and information," he said.

He said the city will host more world-class international sports events and exhibitions, making Beijing a key sports and exhibition center as well as a magnet for tourists.

The municipal government will try to increase the per capita gross domestic product to $10,000 from $6,000 over the next five years, Liu added.

And in a work report submitted to the congress, Ma Zhipeng, secretary of the Beijing commission for discipline inspection, called on Party members to be on their best behavior.

"Officials in particular should be cautious in choosing their associates, befriending only those with good natures. They should also pay attention to purifying their social networks," he said.

Ma said the commission had intensified its fight against graft by bringing a group of corrupt officials to justice.

He cited the cases of Liu Zhihua, former vice-mayor of Beijing, and Bi Yuxi, former vice-director of the Beijing municipal bureau of communications and chairman and Party secretary of the Beijing Capital Highway Development Company, as examples.

The congress convened yesterday, with 731 of the 758 deputies in attendance.

It will close on Tuesday.

Source: China Daily

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