BEIJING TO ‘CIVILIZE’ CITIZENS AHEAD OF APEC SUMMIT

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BEIJING: China’s capital Beijing on Tuesday launched a new effort to “civilize” its residents by clamping down on queue-jumping and smoking ahead of a summit for Asian leaders later this year. The campaign, labeled “Embracing APEC Wonderful Pekingese-Citizen Civilized Behavior Promotion,” also promises to crack down on jaywalking, drunk driving and drivers refusing to stop at zebra crossings. APEC is the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. The Beijing municipal government said in a press release that it aims to encourage “civilized 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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