1st LD-Writethru: Xi urges strengthened, innovative social governance for “safe China”

China Vice-President Xi Jinping stands during a trade agreement ceremony between the two countries at Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland February 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Moir (IRELAND - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS HEADSHOT) - RTR2Y43M

NANCHANG, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for strengthened and innovative social governance, stressing the need to improve systems to prevent and forecast risk.

Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks in a prepared statement about the country’s social management that was released Wednesday. The statement was delivered by Meng Jianzhu, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, at a national conference on public security governance held on October 10 and 11.

“More efforts should be made to build a safe China at a higher level and further enhance people’s sense of security,” Xi said.

According to Xi, people working in political and legal affairs and comprehensive social governance have focused on dealing with outstanding problems and innovating social governance methods in recent years, achieving greater results.

Stressing integrated and open governance efforts among various departments, Xi urged a focus on the rule of law and technological innovation and “a heightened capacity to forecast and prevent all kinds of risks.”

The president urged Party committees and governments at all levels to pay great attention to the work of social governance and highlight the responsibility of leading officials to ensure safety and development at the local level.