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Hu calls for enhanced anti-terrorism efforts
Updated: 2006-01-24 06:48

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday called for enhanced anti-terrorism efforts to maintain national security and social stability.

After watching an anti-terror drill dubbed Great Wall No. 2 in the national anti-terror headquarters, Hu said international terrorist activities have posed a great threat to world peace and security, and China is also faced with the threat of terrorism.

The Chinese government and people always firmly oppose any form of terrorism. This drill again shows China's resolute stand on opposing terrorism and maintaining world peace and security, Hu said.

He stressed that intensifying the efforts to combat terrorism and safeguard social stability is crucial to the building of a comparatively prosperous and harmonious society in China.

"We must earnestly carry out various anti-terror measures and keep an eye on and crack down on terrorist crimes so as to make new and greater contribution to safeguarding national security, social stability and the people's life and property, as well as world peace and security," Hu said.

Before this, the president visited the headquarters of the Ministry of Public Security, where he heard reports of six outstanding grassroots units of public security and armed police via a teleconference system.

Hu spoke highly of the contribution made by the six units in safeguarding national security, social stability and people's life,and extended Spring Festival greetings to them and all members of the police and armed police throughout the country.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice President Zeng Qinghong and other senior officials accompanied Hu in the visits.

On Monday evening, Hu and other senior officials Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchunand Luo Gan watched performance at the China Grand Theater given by soldiers and civilians in celebration of the Spring Festival, or the Chinese lunar New Year which falls on Jan. 29 this year.

Hu extended greetings to the actors and actresses after the performance. Hu and the other leaders also met with Kateerh Bak, a72-year-old Uygur from Xinjiang, northwest China. One of the shows is based on his diary which he began to write at the age of 33, recording the services soldiers of the People's Liberation Army offered to his fellow villagers. He kept writing until 2004 when he was struck by cerebral haemorrhage.

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