Just saw an article on Chinese police officers patrolling in European countries, most recently Serbia (obviously very small numbers, based upon individual agreements), and find this is the subject of a current question in the European Parliament
. Of course within the EU it's not uncommon to have even long-term agreements among neighboring members allowing officers to work on each other's territory, particularly in cross-border pursuits, at major multi-national events like soccer games or, as with the Chinese, in tourist hotspots; and there's always individual exchanges between agencies throughout the world. Obviously China strikes people a little different, probably not least due to the current Hong Kong situation; the article on Serbia also pointed out Chinese investment into the country's overall security sector by camera system from Huawei etc.
Chinese police officers go on patrol in Venice for the first time
By Nick Squires, Rome
31 May 2018 12:13pm
Seven centuries after the Venetian explorer Marco Polo set out on the Silk Route for Cathay, Venice has for the first time invited Chinese police officers to patrol its canal banks and winding alleyways.
Two Chinese police officers one from near Shanghai, the other from the region around Beijing will spend the next three weeks conducting joint patrols in the lagoon city with their Italian counterparts.
Unlike the Italian police, the Chinese officers will be unarmed.
The unusual sight of officers from the Peoples Republic attracted crowds of selfie-snapping tourists when they appeared in St Marks Square, on the Bridge of Sighs and on a police launch on the Grand Canal on Wednesday.
The idea is that they will assist the growing number of Chinese tourists who descend on Venice, whose lack of Italian or English means they are often vulnerable to being ripped- off, especially in over-priced restaurants.
They will assist the large number of tourists from China in any dealings with the local authorities, the Carabinieri, Italys paramilitary police force, said in a statement.
"Italy and China were the biggest and longest-lasting empires in the ancient world," one of the officers, Zhanghai Lin, 28.
"The reciprocal attraction between them, founded on commercial ties and an exchange of knowledge, still represents today a profound connection between the West and the East."
It is the first time that Chinese police officers have been deployed on the beat in Venice, but not the first time that it has been tried in Italy.
In 2016 and 2017, Chinese officers took to the streets of Milan and Rome in similar joint patrols, liaising between the Italian police and Chinese visitors. They will do so again this year. A similar scheme was trialed in Paris in 2014.
Chinese police will also be deployed this year to the city of Prato in Tuscany, a major textile-producing hub that has a large Chinese population.
For the third consecutive year well see Chinese police officers at work on the streets of several Italian cities, the Italian state police said in a statement.
Around three million Chinese tourists visit Italy each year, with the numbers growing as the countrys middle-class increasingly aspires to holidays in Europe.
Chinese police to join Croatia tourist patrol
By Julian Shea in London | China Daily Global | Updated: 2019-07-18 00:18
Officers' visit strengthens ties between countries, supports visitors from home
Chinese tourists in Croatia could be in for a surprise when they see police from their homeland patrolling the streets this summer.
For the second year running, Chinese police officers will be joining their fellow professionals in the popular southern European tourist destination, on the streets of the capital Zagreb, the historic walled city of Dubrovnik, tourist resort Zadar, and Croatia's biggest county, Lika-Senj.
Croatia has been running the Safe Tourism Season project since 2006, when officers from Hungary became the first overseas law enforcement officials invited to take part, and since then more than 800 officers from 19 countries have come to assist their Croatian counterparts at the height of the tourist season, undergoing special localized training before starting patrols.
In addition to the helpful presence of familiar officers on the streets, Chinese tourists will also be able to benefit from special telephone support lines set up in the regions where Chinese police are deployed, with them answering the calls.
In 2018, there were six officers from China and this year there will be eight among a record 804 officers from 19 countries.
Croatia, which was part of the former Yugoslavia and is situated in southeastern Europe, on the Adriatic Sea, is proving an increasingly popular destination for Chinese visitors.
Already in the first half of the year, there has been a 53 percent rise in the number of Chinese visitors to the ancient Roman port of Split, and a 20 percent increase in numbers going to Zagreb.
"Chinese tourists are mostly interested in historical and cultural monuments and sightseeing of the Upper Town," said Zagreb Tourist Board spokeswoman Darja Dragoje.
International police organization Interpol has praised the Safe Tourism Season initiative as an example of the best international police practice, and China's ambassador in Zagreb, Xu Erwen, said the inclusion of Chinese police in the project confirmed traditional friendship and cooperation.
A generation on from the brutal war that broke out in the aftermath of the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, the countries of the Balkan region are proving to be of increasing interest to China, in a variety of ways.
Chinese tourists can travel visa-free to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and have become an important part of the country's tourism industry. In 2018, official statistics revealed a 118.7 percent increase in the number of Chinese visitors to the capital city, Sarajevo, and a rise of 114.5 percent in overnight stays on the previous year. Earlier this year, a museum and walking tour dedicated to the 1972 film Valter brani Sarajevo (Walter Defends Sarajevo), which is hugely popular in China, were opened.
A similar visa-free arrangement between China and another of the former Yugoslav states, Serbia, has seen a steep increase in the number of Chinese students choosing to study in the country's universities.
August 2, 2019 / 4:48 PM / 3 months ago
Chinese police to help Serbia cope with its workers, tourists
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbias police will get reinforcements from China to cope with a growing number of Chinese tourists and workers, the Serbian interior minister said on Friday.
China includes Serbia and other Balkan countries in its One Belt, One Road plan to open trade links for Chinese companies. It has invested billions in loans to build railways, roads and power plants, mainly with Chinese workers.
Thousands of Chinese tourists are also visiting Belgrade and other Serbian cities.
Nebojsa Stefanovic, the Serbian interior minister, told reporters Belgrade and Beijing have agreed about joint police patrols which may start in October.
"Policemen (from China) ... will be helping Serbian police officers in communicating with Chinese nationals and also with their communication with Serbias state bodies", Stefanovic said.
Serbia and the Chinese electronics company Huawei have already begun a project called Safe City, which envisions mounting hundreds of surveillance cameras in the Serbian capital and the development of facial-recognition software.
China targets Europe with drone and Huawei system sales to Serbia
Beijing seeks to strengthen a friendly nation to boost its influence with the EU
JENS KASTNER, contributing writer
October 02, 2019 13:05 JST
BERLIN -- As well as building rail lines, highways and bridges in Serbia as part of its flagship Belt and Road Initiative, China is looking to play a bigger role in developing defense and security apparatus in the Eastern European nation.
Serbia announced last month the purchase of armed drones from China -- Beijing's biggest military sale into Europe since the end of the Cold War -- and Chinese police officers have been patrolling the streets of Belgrade with Serbian counterparts since Sept. 18.
The police patrols are related to a security surveillance system being set up by Huawei Technologies around the Serbian capital, following a strategic partnership agreement signed between Belgrade and the Chinese tech giant in 2017. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who visited China in April, went as far as saying recently that Beijing was "the most honest and trustworthy friend" of his country.
Serbia, a candidate for European Union membership, has previously relied on weapons made in Russia, NATO member nations and other countries of the former Yugoslavia. The imports of Chinese defense and public security systems now presents it with the opportunity to upgrade its own defense industry.
"The drones and Huawei bring a new security component into Serbia's BRI integration, and Serbia's position as a promising EU-membership candidate makes it a useful Chinese bridgehead for the European defense market in the future," said Vuk Vuksanovic, a Serbian-born researcher in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
"President Vucic has recently said that China agreed to transfer technology to the Pegasus drones that Serbia has been developing indigenously, indicating that Serbia will upgrade its own defense industry with China's help," Vuksanovic added.
The Pegasus drones are projected to be capable of staying airborne for up to 12 hours with an operating radius of 100 kilometers, putting much of neighboring Kosovo -- which has a tense relationship with Serbia -- into range.
Previous military deals entailed Chinese donations, such as of IT equipment, ambulances and rubber boats, as opposed to sales. China's Poly Group Corporation and the Serbian government discussed the possibility of manufacturing Chinese military equipment in Serbia in 2017, but no developments have since been publicized.
Nine Chinese Wing Loong drones will be delivered to Serbia in the next six months with a possible follow-on order of 15 more. The remotely piloted aircraft are in service in a number of Asian and African countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Egypt, according to the U.S. defense daily Stars and Stripes.
A since-deleted post on Huawei's website earlier this year said the Chinese company has employed more than 100 high-definition cameras and intelligent video content management (VCM) systems at over 60 sites in Belgrade. The systems integrate things such as automatic license plate recognition, tripwire detection, loitering detection, abandoned object detection and behavioral analysis.
Huawei has been setting up similar "safe city" projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. But this is the first case in the Balkans.
"The developments reflect that much trust has been built between Belgrade and Beijing amid a series of high-level exchanges between the two sides' militaries, including Serbian cadres training in China's military academy," said Thomas Eder, an analyst with the Berlin-based Mercator Institute for China Studies.
"I don't expect Serbia to gain EU membership before the middle of the next decade, but once it has, China has a friend more in the block, which could be helpful also for Huawei in a time the EU settles for a unified policy on Chinese involvement in critical infrastructure," he added.
Edited by BansheeOne, 30 October 2019 - 1002 AM.