Thursday, July 31, 2014   

Beijing launches drive to 'civilize' citizens
(06-10 14:07)

Beijing has 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, drink-driving and drivers refusing to stop at zebra crossings.
The Beijing municipal government said 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.
Other behaviors due for censure include ''making a racket,'' smoking in public places and eating while on public transport.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which includes China and the United States, will see leaders from more than 20 countries and economies descend on Beijing in November.--AFP
   
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