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Xinhua: Party Lectures Through Text Messages Strengthen the Regular Education of the Party Members

According to Xinhua, Fusui County in Chongzuo City, Guangxi Province, has established a “Text-Message Education Network for Party Members,” sending the “Party Lectures” through text messages to those Party members and Party membership applicants who have cell phones so as to strengthen the regular education and management of the Party members in rural areas.

The content of the “Party Lectures” are preached to those Party members who do not have cell phones. Meanwhile, a propaganda column is set up in each village, where the “Party Lectures” are published for the masses.

Source: Xinhua, September 18, 2009

7000 Special Policemen On All-Day Roaming Patrol in Beijing: Carry Your ID With You

Beijing has initiated a first-class patrol program which includes over 7000 policemen and more than 3000 auxiliary police mobilized into vehicle patrols, bike patrols, foot patrols, and dog patrols, according to Beijing Evening News on September 23rd, 2009.

Hundreds of Beijing entrances are strictly controlled. Suspicious persons, vehicles, and dangerous goods are all checked, one by one. Beijing police require residents to carry their IDs with them and to cooperate with police inquiries and checks.

Source: Beijing Evening News, September 23, 2009

Xinhua: Any Major Incidents Must Be Reported to the Provincial Party Committee within One Hour

According to Xinhua, Shanxi Province has made the decision that any unexpected incidents must be reported to the Provincial Party Committee within two hours. If it is a big incident, the reporting time must not exceed one hour.

At the same time, Taiyuan Municipality has made a clear requirement that the heads of on-duty departments at all levels must have their telephones on 24 hours a day so as to prevent any incident caused by an illegal organization, a cult organization, or by ethnic and religious sensitive issues.

Source: Xinhua, September 22, 2009

Xinhua on Government “Internet News Spokespersons

According to Xinhua, there are more and more “Internet News Spokespersons” represented by the local governments and departments. Government officials must not only learn “how to deal with the media” but also learn how to directly deal with the large population of Internet users and with public opinion.

Cao Yi, the Guiyang Municipal Government’s first “Internet News Spokesman” and the city government’s Deputy General Secretary, said that the announcement of authoritative information through the Internet is to enable the government to contact the netizens in “Zero Distance.” The establishment of “the Internet News Spokesperson” system aims at releasing authoritative information in a timely manner and guiding public opinions in the right direction.

Source: Xinhua, September 14, 2009

BBC: China’s “Zero Rejection” Media Policy Is an Empty Promise

The Chinese government stated last month that a “Zero Rejection” policy would be implemented, i.e., that upon an interview or inquiry request made by a foreign media, responses must be given within 24 hours. However, according the the BBC, this is not the reality that Michael Bristow, a BBC reporter stationed in Beijing, discovered.

The BBC office in Beijing issued 10 questions and inquiries to different Chinese government departments, such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Commerce, the Baoji City government, the Lhasa local government in Tibet and the Beijing Municipal Government. However, all the questions were kicked back and forth without any answers being given.

Source: BBC Chinese, September 18, 2009

Study Times: Party School’s Last Name Is Party”

Study Times, the newspaper published by the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC, published an article by Shen Baoxiang, a Party School professor. Shen stated that the principle “Party School’s last name is Party” has been written into the Party School’s work regulations, which should be absolutely implemented. The “Party School’s last name is Party” requires the Party School to resolutely put Democratic Centralism into practice, strengthen organizational discipline, and fight against any violations of Party discipline.

Shen also argued that mediocrity, conservative, and rigidness cannot not be tolerated either. Those who do not make any mistakes by doing nothing successful should also be treated strictly.

Source: Study Times, September 14, 2009

Zhou Yongkang: Maintaining Stability in the Capital is the Most Overriding Political Task

Zhou Yongkang, a Political Bureau Standing Committee member of the CCP Central Committee and the secretary of the Central Political and Law Commission presided over a meeting in Beijing on maintaining stability on September 12, 2009, according to Xinhua.

He stressed that maintaining stability in the capital is the current most overriding political task. Beijing must apply the successful security experience during the Olympic Games period by mobilizing the masses to form a security network named as the “coordination of experts and the masses” and the “united defense of the police and the ordinary people” so as to have a people’s war for national security during the National Day Celebration. To ensure the safety of the military parade, the mass celebration gathering, and other major events on National Day in Beijing, a “Moat” project is launched to use all the neighboring regions, cities and provinces around Beijing as the first check point for any people to come to the capital city. The whole country must support maintaining stability in the capital.

Maintaining the stability in Xinjiang remains the most important task. In Tibet and other Tibetan areas, the focus is on the strengthening the education of the monks and management of the monasteries.

Source: Southern Metropolis Daily, September 13, 2009

China News Agency: Beijing Applies New High Tech Devices to Protect the National Day

A series of “new high tech devices” used for security purposes are ready to be running to protect the celebration of the National Day according to China News Agency on September 18, 2009.

Starting from September 20, an access system using facial recognition technology will be turned on at Beijing Capital International Airport. Such a system can recognize an inspected passenger’s facial features and verify his/her identity within one second by comparing with the data in the database.

Starting from September 22, Beijing will use a traffic warning system for the first time in the crowded Beijing downtown, Xidan. This system can predict whether the flow of passengers will reach the alert level in the next 10 minutes, which can monitor any non-regular gatherings and other abnormal behavior.

At the same time, Beijing Electric Power Corporation has installed a wireless monitoring system called “electronic eyes” on the high-voltage electric transmission lines. The “electric eyes” will immediately alarm the police through wireless communication once the top of a large vehicle is not in the safe distance away from the electric lines.

During the National Day period, a light-emitting monitoring device will be installed to monitor any large machinery movements in the surrounding areas all day round.

From October 2nd to 8th, a command center will be set up on Tiananmen Square to monitor the whole square around the clock. Anything happening on Tiananmen Square will be displayed on a big screen in the command center through electronic eyes and GPS satellite positioning equipment. If a dispute arises, the staff can rush to the scene within 10 minutes.

Source: China News Agency, September 18, 2009