Anti-terrorism measures ‘in place’ ahead of Beijing Apec summit

Police chief says the capital will draw from security lessons learned during the 2008 Olympics

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 March, 2014, 1:18pm
UPDATED : Monday, 10 March, 2014, 5:58pm

Beijing has adopted anti-terrorism measures ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) financial summit to be held in the capital in September, according to a newspaper report.

Deputy public security minister Fu Zhenghua said the city would draw on its experience during the 2008 Olympics to fight terrorism, the Hong Kong-based newspaper Wen Wei Po reported.

“After the Olympics, anti-terror work has continually strengthened, making our city at the very forefront of anti-terror and security,” he said, without giving details of the measures put in place ahead of the Apec meeting.

Fu, who is also head of the police in Beijing, was in Tiananmen Square on Sunday supervising security at National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference sessions in the capital, the newspaper reported.

His comments came after 29 people were killed in the knife attacks at Kunming railway station earlier this month that government officials have blamed on separatists from Xinjiang. Four of the attackers were also killed and one woman suspect was wounded.

Fu said internet users on the mainland had ranked Beijing’s as one of the safest cities in the country, which reflected their confidence in the capital’s security system. He said he hoped residents would support the security department during the Apec meeting and report any suspected terrorists.