The recent suggestion of integrating Chinese police officers into Thai law enforcement operations has been defended by a government representative. The goal of this initiative, as clarified by spokesman Chai Wacharonke, is solely aimed at safeguarding Chinese tourists in Thailand against potential crimes by malevolent Chinese nationals.
Contrary to certain media additions, these Chinese police would not be included in Thai police patrols within tourist zones. Furthermore, this proposal doesn’t imply any relinquishment of Thai sovereignty, stated Mr. Chai.
Diving deeper into the inception of this idea, it was broached by the representatives of the Royal Thai Police (RTP) during a conference focused on Chinese tourist security with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. This discourse transpired at Suvarnabhumi airport, with representatives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand also present, before the Prime Minister embarked on his trip to the United States to join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum leaders’ meeting.
The RTP presented a stark finding that many Chinese tourists harbored fears of being collaterally targeted by their malevolent compatriots during their stay in Thailand. As a solution, the RTP proposed that inviting Chinese law enforcement officers to be stationed in Thailand might allay these fears of crime among the Chinese tourist population.
According to RTP suggestions, the effective way to combat Chinese criminals threatening tourist safety is by establishing a symbiotic working relationship between Thai and Chinese police. This collaboration would see Chinese officers providing information to aid Thai operations against Chinese criminals, acting as a substantial deterrent to any potential threat to tourist safety, highlighted Mr. Chai.
Countering the misinterpretation reported by certain media outlets about Chinese police joining Thai patrols, the government spokesman clarified that the RTP solely intended for Chinese police officers to facilitate access to information on Chinese criminals and bolster the efficacy of Thai police operations.
Addressing criticism suggesting that the presence of Chinese police infringes upon Thailand’s sovereignty and independence, Mr. Chai dismissed these as baseless. He went on to urge against the politicization of this strategy. Instead, he called for a unified focus on working to the advantage of the country and its people.