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Security beefed up for congress

Shanghai will beef up security at transport hubs as the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China starts today in Beijing.

The measures are being put in place at airports as well as subway and railway stations.

Subway commuters will be subject to more frequent police inspections and may even be asked to show their ID cards.

Armed police officers will patrol stations with dogs checking bags for contraband, said Song Youguo, a spokesman for Metro police.

"We hope passengers can understand police work and be cooperative when approached by officers," Song said.

Meanwhile, police began erecting police booths in 20 key subway stations such as People's Square and Xujiahui to handle emergencies more quickly and guide commuters during busy rush hours.

Police booths will be added to more stations in the future, said Zhu Weiming, deputy director of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau.

Metro police said they have seized 25 fugitives during routine checks and confiscated more than 40,000 pieces of contraband this year.


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