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CHI: China moves to ease social tensions amid economic crisis

20 Nov 2008 6:30 PM

China's announced measures aimed at absorbing job losses and staving offcivil unrest .. amid rising concerns the economic crisis is fuelling long-simmering social tensions across the country.

The policies cover a wide range of areas .. like raising compensation for farmers kicked off their land .. helping laid-off workers .. ensuring policehandle protests correctly and clearing a backlog of sensitive court cases.

China's Communist Party has long been obsessed with social stability .. concerned that any type of protest could escalate into a major challenge to its 59-year rule.

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