If you've visited the Great Wall in Beijing or Shanghai's Bund area recently, you may have noticed a new addition to the security squad: Italian police.
They've been in China since April 24 and will stick around until May 7 as part of an exchange program between the Italian and Chinese police forces.
Four Italian officers will patrol popular Shanghai tourist destinations like the Bund, Lujiazui, Yu Garden and Xintiandi through this weekend.
They were also spotted on joint patrol with Chinese officers in Beijing earlier last month.
Meanwhile, eight Chinese officers will be sent to work alongside squads in Rome, Milan, Florence and Naples in June. They also conducted a similar joint patrol in Rome last year.
Exchange programs are also said to be in the works with Austria and Spain later this year, according to ECNS.
[Images via Shanghai Daily, ECNS, China Daily, Xinhua, Shenzhen Daily]