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71st joint patrol on Mekong River completed

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The 71st joint patrol on the Mekong River with law enforcement from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand was completed on Friday.

Eight vessels and more than 200 law enforcement personnel participated in the mission, which started on Tuesday.

The patrols targeted drug trafficking along the Mekong River, conducting random inspections of ships in waters near key regions, including the Golden Triangle.

The joint patrols started in December 2011 to tackle concerns after a gang hijacked two cargo ships and killed 13 Chinese sailors in Thai waters on Oct. 5, 2011.

The Mekong River, known as the Lancang River in China, runs through China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and is an important waterway for transnational shipping.




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