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Bo: Anti-gang drive paid dividends

2012-03-10 06:42:11 GMT2012-03-10 14:42:11(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Bo Xilai, Party chief of Chongqing, speaks at a panel meeting of the Chongqing delegation on Friday at the ongoing National People's Congress session in Beijing. (Wu Zhiyi / China Daily)

The Party chief of Southwest China's Chongqing praised the crackdown on gangs in the city, saying the campaign is aimed at creating a favorable environment for residents and businesses.

"On this issue, should we pretend to be deaf, or should we be responsible to the people? We chose the latter," said Bo Xilai during a panel deliberation of the government work report by the Chongqing delegation at the ongoing National People's Congress session.

"We cannot make it 100 percent correct, but we gave it 100 percent," Bo told a crowd of reporters after the panel discussion on Friday.

Bo, 63, has been the Party chief of the municipality since 2007, after serving as commerce minister.

He has also encouraged the promotion of "red" songs and revolutionary slogans in the mountainous city.

In the "red" songs campaign, the city's major satellite TV channel took soap operas off the air to free up time for content that was "valuable and thoughtful" for the audience.

Bo said the efforts are paying off, as the city's students are getting more acquainted with classic Chinese culture, the urban-rural income gap narrows and economic growth catches up with cities in the coastal regions.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Chongqing becoming a municipality directly under the central government.

Bo said Chongqing's officials from other times did a lot to build the city's momentum today.

"It is like a relay match, and we are now more confident than ever to further the development of Chongqing," Bo said.

According to Bo, Chongqing is making every effort to create a sound environment for the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China this year.

Bo, under whose five-year leadership the city's economy doubled, said the Chongqing municipal government had worked toward reform and opening-up, reforming the unpopular residential registration system, supporting small enterprises, providing direct government funding for unemployed citizens to start up businesses, and encouraging firms to go abroad.

Chongqing companies invested more than $6 billion abroad last year, compared with $700 million five years ago.

According to Bo, Chongqing has made several profitable investments abroad, for example in soybeans in Brazil and minerals in Australia and Africa.

Huang Qifan, mayor of Chongqing, also at the NPC session, proposed making investment procedures abroad easier for firms to encourage overseas investment.

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