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Passengers wait outside Beijing Railway Station during the Chinese Lunar New Year. Social stability is among the top concerns for the Communist Party leadership.   © Reuters
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US trade demands have China fearful of 'color revolutions'

'Structural reforms' touch the foundations of Communist Party rule

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- China's police must prevent a "color revolution" this year, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, a top law-enforcement official recently said, surprising China watchers around the world.

The stern warning came from Zhao Kezhi, state councilor and public security minister, a vice premier-level official in charge of maintaining public order. It is rare for Chinese officials to publicly refer to the need to prevent popular uprisings, in a country where Communist Party rule is deemed ideal.

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