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China says 100,000 armed police patrol country on Spring Festival eve

January 28, 2009 2009-01-26

(Xinhua is the official news agency of the Chinese government and the 
Communist Party of China)

     BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese People's Armed Police 
Corps (PAPC) had 100,000 officers guarding public places or on patrol 
nationwide on Lunar New Year's Eve, PAPC sources said.

     On Sunday, 5,300 armed police were stationed at 79 rail stations, 
18 bus terminals and five airports, while more than 8,800 armed police 
were on the street in 147 mid-sized and large cities.

     State Councilor Meng Jianzhu, who is also minister of public 
security and first political commissar of the PAPC, visited some PAPC 
posts and civilian police offices to offer holiday greetings.

     The minister was told that no major crimes were reported here in 
the capital Sunday night.

     On the same day, PAPC Political Commissar Yu Linxiang inspected 
armed police units on site in Qinghai, Sichuan and Jiangxi provinces 
and Tibet Autonomous Region, and PAPC Commander Wu Shuangzhan talked 
with border police on guard in remote Heilongjiang and Qinghai 
provinces and Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet autonomous regions.

     More than 1,000 armed police were sent to fight forest fires in 
Shanxi, Shandong, Sichuan and Guangdong provinces.

     Spring Festival, the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on 
Jan. 26 this year. The festival is the biggest family reunion time of 
the year.
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