Special to China Daily
Everybody knows that the Chinese police and foreign journalists sometimes have healthy disagreements as both seek to perform their duties diligently.
But on June 4 they put their differences aside to celebrate police-journalist harmony day in the heart of Beijing.
No-one knows why both sides choose this otherwise completely unmemorable day to stage their informal get togethers.
Perhaps it just turned out that way.
By a strange co-incidence, June 4 is also the day when thousands of people in Hong Kong gather in parks to express their spontaneous joy at being reunited with the motherland.
Whatever the reason, for a number of years now foreign journalists in Beijing have been gathering at Tiananmen Square to meet their friends in the Chinese police.
And the Chinese police are always there to greet them in large numbers. Not just the ordinary police either. Members of the People's Armed Police and the Domestic Security Department also come to chat to foreign friends.
Some police are in so much of a hurry that they forget to put on their uniforms. But they never forget their sunglasses!
When foreign reporters arrive at the Square, their friends in the police rush over to greet them, taking a sincere interest in their work.
No-one is left out. Everywhere on Tiananmen Square on June 4, you can see foreign journalists surrounded by policemen eager to learn the details of their daily schedule.
Sometimes the police even show the journalists their official identification. In return, the reporters empty their cameras and show the police their family photographs.
In this informal setting, each side gets to know each other better.
Sometimes the two groups are so glad to see each other that they stage informal races, so relaxed are they in each others company.
Now that police-journalist harmony day has become a tradition in Beijing, the police make sure that the occasion is undisturbed by interruption from the general public.
It's just one of the many ways in which the Chinese police do everything possible to help their friends the foreign journalists do their jobs.