January 21, 2020
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Mekong patrol HQ opened in Xishuangbanna


A ceremony to mark the opening of an office from which to control joint anti-drugs operations on the Mekong River was held at Xishuangbanna on Friday, Chinese state media reported.

The ceremony was reportedly to mark the unveiling of the nameplate on the headquarters of the joint-patrol operations which will coordinate efforts by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand to suppress trafficking and other illicit activities in the region famously nicknamed the “Golden Triangle” for its long association with heroin and opium smuggling.

“The campaign showed the authorities' strong will to jointly address drug crimes, according to representatives present at Friday's event,” Xinhua reported, adding that liaison officers from the four countries will be posted at the headquarters to share information and coordinate law enforcement efforts.

Xinhua said that law enforcers will aim to “crack a series of major cases of trans-national and trans-regional drug-related crimes, break major narcotics production chains and transport networks, and hunt drug-related fugitives.”

Joint efforts among the Mekong sub-region partners were intensified after 13 Chinese sailors were brutally killed in 2011 by a drugs gang led by Shan warlord Naw Kham who was last year executed in Yunnan for the murders.

For more background:
  1. Mekong patrol launched from Yunnan
  2. Naw Kham sentenced to death in China

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