Chinese police are joining forces with Italian police in Rome and Milan in an experiment designed to try and protect Chinese tourists.
The first of its kind in Europe, the experiment will involve four Chinese officers who will walk Italian streets in Chinese police uniforms in order to better assist the three million Chinese tourists who visit Italy every year.
“This service was planned with Chinese tourists in mind and, if it works well, we may consider other forms of collaboration, given the presence of the Chinese community in our country,” said the interior minister, Angelino Alfano.
According to The Guardian, the officers will share information with the Italian police and help Chinese tourists during the 13-day experiment, which kicked off Monday.
Head of the Chinese International Co-Operation Bureau Liao Jinrong dubbed the assignment of the officers as a “historic moment,” recalling that the route between China and Italy was mapped 700 years ago by Venetian merchant traveller Marco Polo.
The four Chinese officers will each be paired with an Italian officer and placed strategically in areas where Chinese tourists are most likely to visit.
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