Published on : Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The streets of Rome and Milan will be guarded by four Chinese policemen alongside their Italian counterparts for the next two weeks to help protect wealthy visitors from China during a peak tourism period.
Tourist hot spots such as the ancient Colosseum in Rome or Milan’s Gothic cathedral will have one Chinese copper and an Italian flatfoot posted. And all this is done with the hope to help deter pickpockets and counsel those who have come a cropper.
Almost three million Chinese visit Italy each year.
Italian and Chinese authorities announced at a press conference in Rome that the patrolmen will be on site from Tuesday until May 13. It is expected to augment the sense of security of Chinese tourists.
The next two weeks is expected to be the peak period in Italy for shopping-happy Chinese visitors, known for spending their cash on Italian goods.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano is hopeful about this new implementation and if this experimental setup works, they will expand it to other cities in Italy.
Italian policemen would soon be heading to Beijing and Shanghai to carry out the same sort of patrols there.