Senior Chinese official stresses security high priority for Beijing Olympics

2008-07-22 14:33:00 GMT       2008-07-22 22:33:00 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese official said here on Tuesday security was the priority for the Beijing Olympics determined to make satisfaction among a worldwide audience.

"At present, the security work for the Olympics is in a key phase, and we should mobilize the masses of people to contribute to the security of the Games," said Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, during his inspection tour in a community in Beijing's Dongcheng District.

He further urged major officials of security-related departments and bureaus to monitor the safety work personally to ensure a smooth, orderly and effective operation.

For all police, armed police and the army who shoulder the major responsibility of safety work, Zhou emphasized close cooperation between the forces and stressed quick and effective response to security emergencies.

Zhou also inspected Beijing's Capital International Airport to check security work there, urging to improve work efficiency to shorten checking duration and improve services for the convenience of passengers.

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