Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and China begin Mekong River patrol

Law enforcement authorities from China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand joined forces Tuesday (June 23) for the 106th Mekong River joint patrol.

Three Chinese vessels departed from Jingha Port in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Yunnan Province for the patrol.

Law enforcement officers from the four countries plan to navigate over 600km of the Mekong River over four days and three nights to strengthen patrols of the river’s pivotal waters and clamp down on drug trafficking and other cross-border crimes in the region.

A joint anti-drug publicity campaign was also launched Tuesday, ahead of this year’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on June 26.

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