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New Taipei City police force ready for TAO official's visit

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The New Taipei City Police Department yesterday stated that they will be responsible for the security details of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) during his visit to New Taipei City.

The department has stated that the security responsibilities of the police include securing Zhang's accommodations and conducting traffic during Zhang's planned visits and seminars.

Reportedly, Zhang is scheduled to head directly to an undisclosed hotel in Xizhi district for a short break after he lands on June 25. A welcoming banquet to be hosted by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) will be held in New Taipei City for Zhang's convenience.

Zhang's schedule on the following day includes visits with new immigrants from mainland China and trips to the public daycare in Xizhi district, the community center and a symposium with New Taipei City borough chiefs. Zhang will then go and speak with Atayal indigenous peoples in Wulai, followed by a meeting with small- and medium-sized enterprises.

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) will reportedly accompany Zhang in visiting municipal buildings in the city, after which Zhang will have a brief meet and greet with local academics.

Police to Form Opinion Expressing Zones

The New Taipei Police Department has also stated that opinion-expressing zones will be created during Zhang's various visits. While securing the safety of the minister, the police will leave a safe distance and area for the general public to express their opinions to Zhang, said a police representative. Officers on duty, however, must retain a neutral standpoint while performing their security duties.

This is not the first time a mainland Chinese official has visited Taiwan, said a police representative. With prior experiences to guide them, the department will conduct necessary social surveys to better aid both sides in having a civil interaction.

To cater to Zhang's schedule, the department stated that various district offices will coordinate tightly throughout the duration of the minister's visit. Should traffic regulation become a necessity in certain areas, civilians living in these areas will be notified ahead of time, said a police representative.

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