SENIOR Chinese Communist Party leader Mr Qiao Shi yesterday called on Guangdong to take bolder steps in developing its quasi-capitalist economy while promoting its successful experience across China. Mr Qiao, the Politburo Standing Committee member sometimes known as ''China's Secret Police Chief'' for his close involvement in security matters, was speaking to delegates from the southern province at the National People's Congress plenum. Calling on provincial officials and legislators not to be afraid of making mistakes, he said: ''No one can guarantee that there will not be mistakes. There will still be mistakes, weaknesses and setbacks in future. ''For a large province like Guangdong, how can it explore its road ahead without making any mistakes? You have to prepare psychologically for it. Just don't panic. ''I hope that Guangdong can be bolder, take bigger steps and stay ahead of the rest of the country in the reform and open door drive.'' The praise was in contrast with three years ago, when Guangdong was attacked by conservatives over its ''bubble economy'' which was accused of spreading bourgeois liberal thoughts and worsening social ills. Mr Qiao said Guangdong's achievements and role in the past 14 years of reform and the open door policy were ''recognised by everyone''. ''Following the visit of [paramount leader] Deng Xiaoping to Guangdong last year, the views [of the party] have become more identical. ''I hope that Guangdong in the next five, 10 years and the 21st century will be bolder in moving forward.'' The senior party official, who is set to become chairman of the NPC, indicated there were always differences between the provincial authorities and the party central on some matters. ''As long as you think you're right, you can insist on yours.'' Mr Qiao said the experiences of Guangdong in its reform drive were important for the development of the rest of the nation, in its material and spiritual aspects. ''Of course, there are factors that are distinct in Guangdong. But there are others that can be generalised to be applied in other regions. These include the positive and negative aspects of those experiences,'' he said. ''Legislation is in particular significant and indispensable in the development of a socialist market economy. ''We cannot simply borrow laws from the West. We have to develop our own based on the experiences in foreign countries as well as the practical conditions of China.'' In a veiled reference to the June 4, 1989, crackdown, Mr Qiao said: ''Just a few years ago, people were worried China would lock itself from the world. They were afraid that problems of this or that kind would occur. Time has proved that such worries areunnecessary.''