IV Social Environment Development
1. Cultural Environment Development
Culture has always constituted an important part of the modern Olympic Movement. During the Beijing Olympic Games, efforts will be made to fully exhibit the achievements of traditional Chinese culture, and the rich cultural heritage of Beijing in the hope that the Olympic spirit can be further carried forward on this unique occasion of East-West exchange.
Hosting a series of Olympic-oriented cultural activities - the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Torch Relay will be well planned and organized. Besides, we will initiate a Beijing Olympic Culture Festival to display the Chinese people's boundless enthusiasm for Olympics, and some classic cultural events, such as the annual Beijing International Music Festival and the New Year Concert, will be on the list of the Cultural Programs for the celebration of the Olympic Games.
Constructing modern cultural facilities - to provide more cultural facilities during the Olympic Games, the Grand National Theatre will be constructed and the National Library, the Chinese Gallery of Fine Arts, the Chinese Museum of Science and Technology, the Capital Museum will be expanded. The CCTV and the BTV will be relocated on new sites. The art of mural painting and sculpture will be integrated in the building of the Olympic venues and facilities. On the other hand, cultural functions will be taken into account in the design and construction of some of Olympic venues. For instance, a public square and other facilities for various cultural activities will be built in the Olympic Green.
Protecting and displaying the historical and cultural heritage of the city - the Plan to Protect the Historical and Cultural Heritage of Beijing will be fully implemented. Special attention will be given to the protection of the royal city and the historical buildings situated along the ancient city axis and within the 25 historical and cultural protection areas, the protected major historical and cultural sites, the ancient urban water systems and the layout of the ancient city. To showcase the features of the ancient capital, the ancient buildings in the areas along the axis line, the old royal city, the Chao-Fu road, the Imperial College and Shichahai area will be well renovated; some historical relics, such as the former imperial gardens of Yuanmingyuan and the city wall built in the Ming dynasty will be restored; and such world heritages as the Great Wall and Forbidden City will be placed on the top of the protection list. In the renovation of the old city, the quadrangles (siheyuan), which bear the features of the old city, will be carefully dealt with and protected in different ways; and records concerning the origin, connotations, and incidents related to the historical places will be entirely or partially inscribed on the spot by permanent means.
Creating a favorable environment for cultural tourism - to make good use of the tourist resources in Beijing, an overall planning of the city's major tourist sites will be made so as to develop classic tourist products with unique cultural flavors. Designing and developing tourist commodities, which bear strong Beijing features, will be encouraged. Commercial streets will be established to offer more shopping facilities for tourists as well as athletes during the Olympic Games.
Providing good working conditions for the media - Comprehensive and timely information and quality services will be provided to the media from home and abroad to ensure a fast, efficient, accurate and successful coverage of the Olympic Games.
Promoting national solidarity - The Party's policy towards nationalities and religions and the Regulations on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of the Minority Ethnic Groups will be fully carried out, to raise the citizens' awareness of national solidarity, to raise the minority nationalities' enthusiasm to participate in the Olympic-related activities, and to make the Beijing Olympic Games a national festival for all the ethnic groups. Venues for religious activities will be well planned and distributed during the Olympic Games to provide convenience for the athletes of different religions and nationalities.
2. Security, Health Care and Sanitation
We will make all-out efforts to guarantee the security during the Olympic Games on the basis of a sound social order, reliable public transport and fire fighting systems, safe medical and health structures, and well planned supporting measures.
Maintaining good social order - the projects of "safe community" and "science-and-technology based security" will be continued. Specifically, we will continue enhancing the public security structures on the grass roots and building a complete anti-criminal network among the citizens. Management of the floating population in the city shall be further improved and services will be provided. Various crimes and illegal acts shall be guarded against and cracked down on, and anti-terrorism capacity raised.
Ensuring the public security during the Olympic Games - a command center shall be established to take charge of the security at the Olympic venues, dwelling places and other related areas and security experience of previous Games and previous large-scale events held in China will be put to account. Auxiliary systems and facilities will be planned and built according to law. Security forces will be rationally distributed to deal with major criminal cases, security accidents. The capabilities to handle emergencies and terrorism will be raised. As required by law, fire fighting equipment and facilities will be improved and fire-fighting forces will be reasonably stationed to prevent fire emergencies. Education programs on safe production shall be carried out in enterprises and security supervision on enterprises and businesses strengthened to avoid major accidents in production; and the police forces of the capital city will be strengthened and disciplined to create a new image of the Chinese police.
Improving medical facilities - medical facilities to serve the Olympic Games, including the outpatient, emergency and inpatient departments, will be improved; hospital buildings will be built or renovated to meet the requirements of the Paralympic Games. Medical aid systems will be set up and first aid networks improved and, in view of the medical missions during the Games, systematic training programs will be offered to the medical workers.
Improving public hygiene - prevention and control of infectious diseases will be further enhanced and high precautions will be taken against the entry of infectious disease from other countries and regions. Disease and epidemic surveillance networks will be established and supervision and law enforcement will be exercised over public hygiene, especially with regard to food, drinking water and other health-related products.
Strengthening animal quarantine - animal disease control, prevention, quarantine and supervision systems will be upgraded with emphasis on the quarantine over horses, to ensure that no major diseases will occur in the animals used in the Olympic Games and there will be no occurrence of food poisoning related to animal products during the Games.
Consolidating doping-control - doping control technologies will be further improved, new technology developed, and doping testing ability raised, so as to satisfy the needs for doping control during the Olympic Games. Close cooperative relationships with the IOC Medical Commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be maintained to cultivate first class anti-doping technology, facilities and personnel.
3. Legal Environment Development
The Olympic Charter and other IOC regulations will be strictly observed, the Host City Contracts honored, related legislation consolidated, law enforcement ability and capability further improved, and the citizens' legal awareness enhanced, so as to create a favourable legal environment for the Olympic Games.
Consolidating the protection of the Olympic Symbol - the Regulation on the Protection of Olympic Symbol adopted by the State Council will be enforced and administrative and legal proceedings will be taken to protect the Olympic Symbol and related rights. Legal actions will be taken against infringements, so as to create a clean market and favorable environment to ensure the protection of the Olympic Symbol.
Improving the legality of government work - law education programs will be carried out in government departments, especially in the law enforcement organizations, to improve government staff's initiative in legal administration and their knowledge of law and to raise their law enforcement ability and service quality. Government work will be open to the public supervision and information concerning major Olympic construction projects shall be made public regularly; and administrative power restraint and responsibility binding mechanisms shall be established to govern the exercise of powers and avoid Olympic-related corruption.
Enhancing law education - On the basis of the "the Fourth Five-year Law Popularization Program", a law education campaign will be initiated, with a stress on the promotion of intellectual property right protection, so as to help the people raise their law-abiding and legal right safeguarding awareness. Our target is to establish a favorable environment for the hosting of the Olympic Games.
4. Public Participation
The moral, science and cultural level, and law awareness of the citizens and the extent of their participation in the Olympic Movement are of direct significance to the success of the Beijing Olympic Games. Therefore, it is extremely important to further enhance the general quality of the citizens and to encourage them to participate in the Olympic Movement.
Facilitating people's involvement in the Olympic Games - it is a common desire of the Chinese people to support and work for the Olympic Games. Their enthusiasm shall be well encouraged and protected. Events and activities centering on the Olympic Games will be planned and organized for them, in accordance with the related regulations in the IOC Host City Contract.
Carrying out Olympic education programs - we make efforts to popularize the Olympic knowledge and spread Olympic spirit by means of publications, Television and newspapers. "Olympic Education Textbooks" will be distributed in the primary and secondary schools and school sports events will be held in connection with Olympic education program. Communities will also be involved in Olympic education; moreover, the Olympic education program will be an integrated part of the on-going "Sports for All" movement, thus fostering the citizens' Olympic awareness and their enthusiasm for the Olympic Movement.
Promoting the civilization of the city, communities and citizens - a campaign of "civilization improvement" will be launched citywide, involving communities, various business sectors, and citizens. The fundamental morals of "loving the country, abiding by the law, politeness, honesty, solidarity, friendliness, thriftiness, independence, devotion and contribution" will be promoted in the whole society, so as to raise the level of civilization in the city as a whole and create a favorable social environment for the Olympic Games.
Building up a favorable language environment - the "Speak English Program" for the citizens will be further pushed forward. Foreign language training will be given to those in the services sector; columns in newspapers, radio and television programs, and web pages will have more contents in foreign languages. Adequate written and graphic guiding signs of international standards will be erected along the streets.
Launching an Olympic volunteer recruiting campaign - a plan for Olympic volunteer recruiting will be stipulated and a campaign launched to encourage the young people and personage in various fields nationwide and overseas to work for the Olympic Games. College and secondary school students will be the majority in the team with people from other walks of life. They should be fluent in foreign languages, well trained in their professions and devoted to the work. From the year 2002, a volunteer information system will be established and in operation.