As China gears up for its big economic meeting of Communist party officials this weekend, it's tightening security in the capital. There have been two security incidents in the country in as many weeks. Last week a car crashed into crowded Tiananmen Square, and this week authorities in China are investigating explosions near a communist party building in Shanxi province, west of Beijing. China's state news agency reports homemade bombs killed one person and injured eight others. Japan's public broadcaster NHK is also following the stories. Here are two reports.
Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun has ordered officials to quash acts of terrorism in the planning stage. The Ministry's website said Guo inspected police boxes and subway stations in the capital on Monday. The website reported that Guo urges police officers increase their visibility so citizens will feel safer. Guo said China faces a tough fight against terrorism, he called for extra vigilance. Last week a sport utility vehicle veered into crowd of tourists then crashed, and burst into flames. The three passengers were killed along with two bystanders. Chinese authorities arrested five people in connection with the incident. All are believe to be the members of Uyghur ethnic minority group. The third plenary session of Communist Party central committee is due to start on Saturday.
Police are ordering bus operators to check the identification of passengers when they sell tickets for Beijing. The operators will also have to examine carry-on baggage more carefully.
Starting today you are required to show your ID to go Beijing.
The ruling communist party will open meeting in the city on Saturday to discuss economic policies and other issues. People from all over China are expected to come to the capital during the meeting to complain to the central government about corrupt local government officials. The security clamp down comes after explosions on Wednesday near a Communist Party building in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. One person died and eight others were injured. The explosives were packed with nails and ball bearings. Reports say this indicates that the explosions were premeditated crime by someone with the grudge against the Party and the government.