Escalating tension between China and Taiwan has not deterred the English FA from sending their national squad to Beijing for an exhibition match in May. The England squad are scheduled to play the Chinese national team at the Workers' Stadium on May 23 - three days before they travel to the territory for another exhibition against the Golden Select XI at the Hong Kong Stadium. The British government is closely monitoring the crisis in the Taiwan Strait and the English FA, not overly worried about the tension at the moment, has no plans of pulling out of their Beijing tour. An English FA spokesman said they will withdraw from Beijing only if advised by the British government. The England squad's visit to the Chinese capital will also present a problem in security and special measures will be deployed to ensure there is no trouble from England's notorious supporters. Organisers in Beijing are taking extra precautions to prevent any crowd trouble from English soccer 'hooligans'. A spokesman for the Football Association of the People's Republic of China said yesterday that security at the 70,000-seat stadium will be tightened. 'The [Chinese] FA are concerned about the possibility of a large number of English football fans coming to the match on May 23,' said the spokesman. 'English football hooligans have always been a headache for stadium managers.' The Chinese FA and the Beijing police will work together and discuss security measures once they know the approximate number of English supporters travelling to Beijing. Extra security would also prevent crowd trouble from China's passionate fans. Stadium violence in China is on the increase, especially after the inauguration of the China Professional League - which uses a home-and-away format - three years ago. 'The match will be one of the biggest in China. We don't want anything going wrong,' the spokesman added. News reports suggest there are more than 6,000 British hooligans on record in computer files at the British National Criminal Intelligence Service Football Unit. The English FA is confident supporters who travel to Beijing and Hong Kong will have clean records. 'Tickets for the two matches in China and Hong Kong can only be obtained at the FA's Travel Club and only the club members can buy the tickets,' said English FA press officer Clare Tomlinson. 'And those members have to tell us how they will be travelling to China or Hong Kong, so we know where they will be.' English FA-recognised travel agents Hallmark will introduce travel packages for fans ensuring that travellers are not trouble-makers. Tomlinson believes there will not be a large number of English fans travelling to Beijing and Hong Kong. 'I don't think there will hundreds or thousands of fans travelling to China or Hong Kong because of the distance and cost. And don't forget Euro '96 is in June in England.' She also said the English FA had contacted the stadia requesting separate sitting areas for English fans. Meanwhile, Italian Serie A side Lazio will play the Chinese national team in Beijing on May 16 - a week before they face England.