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China’s top security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has inspected a security “moat” project encircling Beijing in preparation for the 18th Party Congress, according to state media.
He toured two checkposts on major roads leading to Beijing, with one in Xianghe County of Hebei Province, and the other in Tongzhou district on the capital’s outskirts, and talked to police officers and volunteers posted there.
At the Baimiao Public Security Checkpost of Tongzhou, Zhou also used a video command system to review security measures taken by authorities in Tianjin, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning and Shandong for the “moat” of security checkposts around Beijing.
Zhou, also a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, urged authorities in Beijing and surrounding regions to cooperate to form a “solid defense… thus creating a safe, orderly, auspicious and peaceful environment for the successful holding of the 18th CPC National Congress.”
The moat should hopefully be able to prevent a recurrence of the 12th century Mongol invasion, in which Kublai Khan severely disrupted the Song Dynasty leadership transition.