Chongqing plans huge security system

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The municipality of Chongqing is to spend 17 billion yuan (US$2.6 billion) to build one of the world's largest digital security systems, which will include half a million surveillance cameras, Wang Zhijun, chief of the Chongqing Public Security Bureau, said during the National People's Congress Monday, the Beijing Times reported.

An official surnamed Zhao, from the news center of the Chongqing PSB, told the Global Times Monday that the system, which is based on video monitoring and security information integration, will be used mainly for crime prevention, emergency controls and rescue operations.

Zhao said the local government would invest 5 billion yuan (US$761 million) in the project while the rest of money will come from social investment.

The Global Times reported earlier that Chongqing plans to install 500,000 surveillance cameras by 2012.

All the cameras will be managed under one network, allowing video information to be shared among law enforcement departments and emergency rescue organizations to help crack down on crime and provide information to authorities in emergency situations.

Wang Zhijun said to theBeijing Times that the system, once completed, would be the world's largest security network since the 9/11 attacks in the US.

Wang emphasized that fighting organized crime was not a temporary measure, but rather a routine task that the city's law enforcers would perform on a long-term basis.

In addition, Chongqing has also introduced measures to prevent official corruption.

Bo Xilai, Party secretary of the Chongqing Committee of the CPC, said that Chongqing initiated a policy asking local officials to hand in gift money last year. As a result, the city received 60 million yuan (US$9.1 million) two months after the policy was implemented.

Bo said that Chongqing has also strengthened measures against the illegal use of government cars, confiscating and redistributing over 6,000 cars in recent years.

Chongqing was named "the city of happiness in China" in 2010 by Beijing-based Oriental Outlook.

Bo Xilai responds

The Chongqing government generated heated debate after launching a sweeping crackdown on organized crime and revamping the satellite channel.

Bo Xilai, Party Secretary of the city responded to questions on these moves during the Two Sessions.

On criticisms of the previous year's work...

"We do not care about irresponsible remarks made by others and will continue policies adopted in the past year."

On the judicial independence of Chongqing...

"So many cases of gang crackdowns. I don't have the energy to interfere with all those cases."

On the absence of petition cases in Chongqing...

"The government asked officials to reach out to people first and spent more than ten billion yuan solving more than 200,000 petition cases."

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