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Theodore Dalrymple
Beijing on the Seine « Back to Story

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Police routinely see the worst of whatever population they are policing. This means that the notion that seconded Chinese police will find any motivation to pick up the customs of the French is puerile.
Albert Constantine June 03, 2014 at 12:04 PM
As Monsieur Petain suggests, the presence of uniformed representatives of foreign governments patrolling the streets of Paris is hardly limited to the 21st Century. Guten Abend, Madamoiselle. 你好
David Ketteringham May 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM
One could write a parallel story: P’yongyang on the Rhone -
North Korean Officers get get shooting practice - in Geneva

I refer to the following Swiss report at
The truth is, those Chinese "police" officers are actually Chinese spies. By day, perhaps they do token policing, but by night, they are sleuths for the Chinese communist party, and their job is to track down Chinese people living in France who are engaged in "anti-China" activities. They also keep track of anything that affects China. Their mission is quite clear.
The bag snatchers pay off the French police.

Do the Chinese cops get a cut?

Or would they first have to join the French police union, to qualify?

Why bother complaining? If France sends the Chinese police back to China they will return the next day as "tourists". No Chinese citizen is ever safe, anywhere. That's the whole point of the regime: "That's a nice daughter you have." That's also why the Democrats want everyone to know that they control the IRS and that the NSA is reading our email. The totalitarian temptation.
charlottecorday May 30, 2014 at 5:16 PM
Mr. Dalrymple, you overlooked the potential for developing a cultural consanguinity of the best of Parisian and Sino cuisine, art snobbery, and street law brought to the other through the enforcement and consumption by the bureaucratic classes.

We await how neo-chinoiserie and francization will result in an exotic tyranny.
Didn't the Gendarmerie stroll the Champs Élysée along with the Gestapo? All they need to do is get tips from grand-pêre on protocol.
Some good practices prevail almost instantly. Consider the world of sport. A new technique for high jumping, however weird it looks and however difficult it may be to master, will, if it works, be copied within a couple of years and elaborations and nuances tacked on in all corners of the world.

It's almost the same in the world of high technology and science. Long gone are the days in which the atomic theory of matter had to advance, one funeral at a time.

The difference between these things, and policing, is that there are genuine differences of opinion about what "better" means. It is entirely possible (or likely) that it does no good for a French milice to explain to his Chinese counterpart that this or that policing technique is better because it respects the rights of the suspect, for instance.