Monday, May 14, 2012

Mekong River fourth joint patrol scheduled

Monday, 14 May 2012 12:48 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – The fourth Mekong River patrol involving China, Burma, Laos and Thailand will be launched in late May to discourage bandits, drug runners and human trafficking. Thirteen Chinese sailors were murdered on the river in October.

Zhou Rongbiao, an officer with the Yunnan Provincial Frontier Defense Police Corps, said the latest patrol will include more soldiers and more advanced equipment, according to China Daily.

"The four countries will participate in regular patrols on the river," he said.

The latest patrol was launched at the end of March, Zhou said.

Naw Kham, a Burmese drug lord who was arrested in Laos last week, has been transferred to China where he is wanted in connection with the murders of the Chinese sailors.

Drought, starting from the beginning of this year, has reduced the water level of the river and has affected shipping in Xishuangbanna in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, and will also make patrolling more difficult.

The May patrol will follow the same route, which starts from Guanlei Port in Xishuangbanna and ends at Chiang Saen Port in Thailand, Zhou said.

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