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China worried about rude Beijing residents

By Xinhua

Beijing (China) : With just over a year to go before the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games, the organisers are most worried about how to help the Beijing residents to improve their behaviour.

Chinese Olympic Committee vice-president Zhang Faqiang said: "It's the most difficult thing to ensure the Beijing Games."

Spitting, queue jumping, and littering have always been criticized in the Chinese capital but there is no sign that these will disappear during next year's Olympics, which open on August 8, 2008.

Zhang told Xinhua that Beijing has made 11th day of every month a 'queuing day', which encourages the citizens to queue.

"But there is still a long way before we fully realize the idea, which is our main aim for sure," Zhang said.

The Beijing municipal authorities earlier this year announced that people caught spitting and littering would face fines of up to 50 yuan ($6.5).

Some two million Chinese and 550,000 foreigners are expected to visit Beijing for the Olympic Games next year.