BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua) -- A senior Communist Party
of China (CPC) official on Monday asked the border public security force to rely
on the people to safeguard national security and social stability in the
country's border areas.
Zhou Yongkang, member of the Standing Committee of
the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks when he met
with model individuals and groups of the border public security force.
Zhou Yongkang, member of the Standing
Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC)
Central Committee, also the secretary of the CPC Central Political and
Legislative Affairs Committee, meets with model individuals and groups of
the border public security force in Beijing, capital of China, on June 8,
2009. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)
He asked the force to organize and mobilize people of
different ethnic groups to participate in border defense to "form prevention and
control network", which incorporated the strengths of both the public and the
The border public security force should make special
efforts in the "prevention of and crackdown on the sabotage activities by
separatists, terrorists and extremists forces, illegal border-crossing
smuggling, drug and human trafficking," he said.
Most of China's border areas are economically
under-developed or inhabited by ethnic minority people, said Zhou, who is also
the secretary of the CPC Central Political and Legislative Affairs Committee.
The border public security force must innovate and
actively serve the local people, get to know their difficulties, timely handle
public security cases, and dissolve their disputes, he said.
The border public security force, listed as a
component of the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF), is an armed law-enforcement
body deployed by the state in border and coastal areas and at ports.
Since 2007, it has arrested 4,400 illegal border
crossers, seized 3,806 kg of drugs, seized smuggled goods worth 620 million yuan
(about 90.7 million U.S. dollars), cracked 19,205 criminal cases and handled
60,063 violations of public security, according to a white paper on national
defense released earlier this year.