POLICE have issued an emergency order instructing officers across China to step up raids against the sale and manufacture of pirated laser discs, reports said yesterday. The move coincided with a meeting between top United States trade negotiators and their Chinese counterparts in Beijing. US deputy trade representative Charlene Barshefsky is now in the capital for talks with Chinese officials on how to stop the piracy. The discussions will end tomorrow. According to the China News Service, the order was issued after mainland police found a sharp increase in the number of pirated laser discs in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong. The report said most of these laser discs contained 'pornographic and counter-revolutionary' material but did not give examples. The crackdown is a major task for the police in maintaining 'public order and social stability' and all officers must strictly follow regulations issued by the State Council and Ministry of Public Security, the agency said. Any officers who violated the regulations would be disciplined severely, it said. In addition to smugglers, officers were also under orders to hit hard those who take part in the manufacture, production and marketing of the laser discs. Police should patrol all major video markets regularly and arrest any illegal hawkers who sell the pirated goods, the order said. It also asked the officers to crack a few major cases and publish them through the media. Although it was not the first crackdown on piracy, previous campaigns targeted pirated compact discs and pornography.