China’s Police Chief Urges Vigilance Against ‘Hostile Forces’

BEIJING, March 20–(Kyodo) — China’s police chief said the country must not relax its vigilance against “hostile forces” both inside and outside the country, according to a statement published on the website of the Public Security Ministry.

Zhou Yongkang, minister of public security, told a gathering of public security officials that separatists, religious extremists and terrorists pose a threat to constructing a harmonious socialist society, according to the statement issued late Monday.

Zhou, who is also a member of the Chinese Communist Party’s politburo, made the comments at a conference organized Monday to allow officials to discuss the “spirit” of China’s just-concluded legislative session.

“We must earnestly safeguard social political stability and public security, be on our guard and severely attack hostile forces inside and outside the country,” he said.

Groups that should be targeted include “ethnic separatist forces, religious extremist groups and violent terrorist forces,” Zhou added.

Falun Gong, a spiritual movement that is banned in China, was picked out as requiring special attention. Zhou said public security officials should target trouble-making activities organized by the “evil cult.”

He added public security officials across the country also need to attack criminal activities, safeguard people’s property, give ordinary people a sense of security and provide them with a better service.

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