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Grassroots urged to improve security
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08:10, April 01, 2009

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A senior Party official yesterday urged grassroots-level public security organs to sustain social order as the financial crisis poses new concerns.

"We must be aware of the challenges stemming from changing international and domestic conditions," Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said.

He said the slowing of the country's economy threatened public security and asked grassroots organs to work diligently to get the economy back on track.

"We need to integrate all resources so as to improve the capability to resolve disputes and maintain public security," he added.

Zhou's remarks were the most recent from senior officials on the anticipated rise in mass incidents as the economy wanes.

Renmin University of China law professor Chen Weidong said public security can be improved if disputes are resolved at the grassroots level.

County-level bodies deal with most of China's disputes, he said. For example, county-level courts handle 80 percent of the country's lawsuits.

He also said it is crucial to help migrant workers, as the economic slowdown has left many of them jobless.

"A large number of rural people are entering cities seeking jobs, but the sluggish economy could prompt some to resort to robbery and theft to make a living," Chen said.

Migrant workers commit up to 90 percent of crimes in Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Chen said.

"Helping them find good livings can prevent them from committing crimes," he added.

Source: China Daily

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