Investigators in anti-chemical clothing
check a "chemical explosion" site outside the beach volleyball venue
during an anti-terrorist drill in Chaoyang Park of Beijing, capital of
China, June 11, 2008.(Xinhua Photo) Photo
BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China launched a series
of anti-terrorist drills at the national level on Wednesday to ensure security
for the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu announced
the commencement of the drills, dubbed "Great Wall 5," at the national
anti-terrorist command center.
The drills will include missions to deal with a
chemical attack, hijacking athletes' buses and other possible contingencies.
The first drill was at the Chaoyang Park for Olympic
Beach Volleyball venue Wednesday afternoon as firemen, police and other security
personnel evacuated spectators and dealt with an imaginary chemical blast.
Within eight minutes, more than 400 spectators were
evacuated to safe locations and dangerous chemicals were contained. Professional
forces cleaned up the chemicals in less than one hour, making the drill a
According to the ministry, the week-long drills will
involve police forces, the People's Armed Police, the People's Liberation Army
and the health, environmental protection, meteorology and transportation
The exercises will simulate real situations as much
as possible in terms of process, location, timing and equipment, it said.
The exercises are expected to improve cooperation
between the Olympics' security system and the anti-terror system during the
games as well as the command efficiency of the center.
"The forces prepared to deal with terrorist attacks
during the Olympics comprise three parts," an official in charge of the
direction of the drill said. "Security guard in the venues, security forces of
the capital and national professional emergency forces.
"The organizer will evaluate any breaking event and
use the forces in accordance with its grade," the official said, adding that
aircraft hijacking and subway attacks had also been taken into consideration.
The drills will test the sensitivity of the guards in
the Olympic venues and the abilities of the anti-terror forces at all levels and
the command center to respond to the emergency in a critical time, he said.
Special police forces have held numerous drills to
cope with possible mass incidents and emergencies since last year. The drills
that started on Wednesday will be the final round of practice before the Games
begin in August.