China's armed police forces backbone in handling public emergencies: white paper

14:27, March 31, 2011      

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The People's Armed Police Force of China (PARF) has handled 24 acts of serious violence and crime since 2009, including hostage taking, says a white paper on the country's national defense on Thursday.

It has also participated in 201 operations of hunting down criminal suspects, and fulfilled the task of security provision during the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Shanghai World Expo, and the Guangzhou Asian Games, says the white paper, issued by the Information Office of the State Council.

In accordance with relevant laws and regulations, and mainly under the unified leadership of local Party committees and governments, the armed forces of China assist the public security forces in maintaining social order and ensure that the people live and work in peace and stability, the white paper says.

The PAPF is the state's backbone and shock force in handling public emergencies, it says.

In November 2010, the Central Military Commission approved and promulgated Regulations on Emergency Command in Handling Emergencies by the Armed Forces, which specifies for the armed forces regulations concerning their organization, command, force deployment, integrated support, and civil-military coordination while carrying out missions to maintain social stability and handle emergencies, the white paper says.

Source: Xinhua
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