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Beijing to 'civilise' citizens ahead of Apec summit

Beijing to 'civilise' citizens ahead of Apec summit

Published on Jun 10, 2014 2:39 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China's capital Beijing on Tuesday launched a new effort to "civilise" its residents by clamping down on queue-jumping and smoking ahead of a summit for Asian leaders later this year.

The campaign, labelled "Embracing Apec Wonderful Pekingese-Citizen Civilised Behaviour Promotion," also promises to crack down on jaywalking, drink driving and drivers refusing to stop at zebra crossings.

The Beijing municipal government said in a press release that it aims to encourage "civilised orderly and courteous transport, to improve people's overall quality to display (their) wonderfulness."

It follows a similar campaign ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which saw authorities target spitting, littering and disorderly lines for public transport.

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