A SENIOR Chinese official has called for a ''consciousness of danger'' among the mainland police in the face of fresh social conflicts that have surfaced following the introduction of a series of drastic reforms this year, according to mainland media reports. State Councillor Luo Gan admitted that major reforms in areas such as tax and price system would hinge upon the redistribution of wealth. ''New contradictions will emerge. That will bring about problems that affect social stability,'' he said in a China News Service report. ''Therefore, [we] need to have a consciousness of danger.'' Mr Luo, a close aide of premier Li Peng, was speaking at a national work conference of heads of public security bureaus held in Beijing on Saturday. The CNS report shows that Mr Luo is now also deputy head of the Communist Party's powerful Central Commission of Political Science and Law, chaired by Ren Jianxin, who is President of the Supreme People's Court. Mr Luo pointed out that a stable social and political environment was a must for the deepening of reform and the acceleration of economic growth. He maintained the reform measures - covering areas including fiscal and tax, investment, foreign trade and prices - would help boost the strength of the country. ''Stability will have no foundation without economic growth. It will then be impossible to have long peace and stability of the society. Likewise, we will not be able to do anything without stability,'' he said. Although the Chinese society has been largely stable in the past few years, Mr Luo admitted that criminal offences, economic crimes and various forms of social evils had become rampant in some regions. He called on public security forces to take effective measures in face of the new circumstances to prevent the loss of control in law and order in some regions. The senior official said the public security apparatus should set itself a good example of a clean administrator by eliminating corruption within its ranks. Separately, Guangdong has stepped up crackdown against highway robbery to ensure safety in the run-up to the Lunar New Year.