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Beijing beefs up security, logistic support for upcoming CPC congress

(Xinhua)

08:40, October 31, 2012

BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Beijing authorities have beefed up security and logistics support ahead of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The municipal government on Tuesday initiated an emergency response program, asking relevant departments to ensure water, electricity, gas, heat, transportation and fire control services in the event of an emergency.

The program requires emergency response teams to restore normal operations within 15 minutes in case of an emergency, such as a technical malfunction.

Vehicles carrying toxic or dangerous chemicals will not be allowed to enter the municipality from Nov. 1 to 18. The valid term for vehicles registered outside Beijing to stay in the city will also be shortened to three days from seven days, according to the city's traffic management bureau.

The municipal fire department started a campaign in mid-October to check and remove fire risks at venues that will serve the congress and the central government compound, as well as hotels, hospitals, schools, markets, stores, cinemas, clubs and Internet cafes.

Sanitation workers have been asked to strengthen food safety and cleanliness inspections in hotels and restaurants.

"Services for every post and every section should be assured so as to ensure a successful congress," said Guo Jinlong, secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee.

Workers on the street or local retirees have been mobilized to help maintain order and security before and during the meeting.

Wearing a red armband with characters "security patrol", a photographer surnamed Chen is looking for business near a giant flower basket installed at the center of Tian'anmen Square, a must-see spot for many tourists.

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