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100,000 commandos deployed for Games

Paramilitary policemen on Segway personal transporters take part in an anti-terrorism drill in Jinan, Shandong Province, on July 2. China will have nearly 100,000 commandos, police and members of the military on standby up to and during the Beijing Olympics to handle potential terrorist attacks, Xinhua reported yesterday.

A Hongqi-7 anti-aircraft missile deployed near the “Bird’s Nest.”

China aims at smooth Games

IN the eventful year which saw China hit by snow storms, a devastating earthquake and floods, Beijing hopes to deliver a smooth Olympic Games to reverse the misfortunes.

With just one month to go before the August 8 opening of the Games, preparations are all but complete and the stage is set, although there are still concerns over security and pollution and a traumatized nation still in mourning after the May 12 earthquake.

Unlike previous Olympics, Beijing's preparations have been kept to plan.

The city has spent US$40 billion on infrastructure, including a new airport terminal and subway lines, as well as US$2.1 billion to cover the cost of running the Games.

Beijing hopes to wipe away toilet stigma
BEIJING'S notoriously foul-smelling and poorly tended public toilets will feature some rarely seen luxuries during the Olympics -- toilet paper and soap.

The city has made a special effort to clean up and adequately stock more than 4,000 public toilets as part of a campaign to make bathroom breaks a "pleasant experience" during next month's Games.

"Beijing is working hard to make every public toilet a pleasant experience for the millions who visit the city for the Games," Yu Debin, deputy director of the Beijing tourism bureau, was quoted as saying.

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