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Vice President calls for a high-level Games
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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping called for a high-level Beijing Olympics by providing a secure environment, good media services and strict anti-doping work for the Games.

The preparatory work for next month's Olympics were effective, and the preparation for security, media services and doping inspection had achieved a first-class level worldwide, Xi said on Monday when touring the Games' command center and several of the venues.

Xi, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, thought highly of the Beijing security work, saying the capital had laid a good foundation for the safety work.

He praised the human-orientated facilities and equipment in the media village.

When visiting the new International Broadcast Center (IBC), he encouraged all the reporters present to spread the happiness of watching Olympics to the global audience of billions.

Afterwards, Xi held court at the Beijing Olympic Sports Center, stressing to further detail the security and emergency plans to achieve a more strict control over safety issues.

He told Chinese journalists to provide more professional work for the global audience.

He also called for "zero tolerance" on doping, stressing a clean and fair environment for all participating athletes.

(Xinhua News Agency July 22, 2008)

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