China will explore new models of social governance with Chinese characteristics and local characteristics of urban areas and intensify efforts to ensure law and order, a senior Communist Party of China official said in a meeting in Beijing on Tuesday.

Guo Shengkun, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, stressed that urban areas, which include the three levels of cities, counties and towns, play a pivotal role in the national governance system.

Guo, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, called on the government and political and legal organs in urban areas to take proactive measures and strengthen the rule of law to promote the ability of public security risk prevention and resolution and address public security problems that have triggered strong reactions among the public.

“We should strengthen institutional thinking, innovation and implementation of social governance and promote working mechanisms to address outstanding issues in the aspects of political security, social stability, public security and public services,” said Guo.

The decision on some major issues adopted at the fourth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the CPC, which was held in October, stressed improving the system for crime prevention and control and the system and mechanism for public security to advance the modernization of China’s system and capacity for governance.

Guo emphasized that the government in urban areas should ensure the rule of law and make good use of local legislative power to establish a legal system to address practical and urgent issues, as well as setting up a just law enforcement system.

The mechanisms that government organs use to perform their duties under strict statutory authorities and procedures were also urged to be improved to prevent conflicts caused by illegal administration and operations.

The Tuesday meeting also urged the government in urban areas to compensate for weaknesses and improve the multidimensional system in crime prevention and control, in order to improve the capacity of management and control of public security in the dynamic and information-based circumstances.

The political and legal organs are also urged to grasp the factors that generate and spread organized crime in urban areas and enhance industrial and grassroots management to drive the ongoing nationwide special campaign to crack down on organized crime. The campaign started in 2018 and will last for three years.