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Resume of cargo & passenger ships along the Mekong River region
 

                                              

      In Oct. 2011, the drug smugglers attacked a Chinese ship and killed 11 sailors in the Mekong river between Thailand and Myanmar. This area is notorious for narcotic production.

 

      China has asked other countries to protect their ships when they move in this area. The area is famously known as "Golden Triangle". It is the area where the borders of Thailand , Myanmar and Laos meet. The Mekong river which originates in China forms part of Thailand border with Laos and Myanmar.

 

      After the attack, the Chinese government suspended navigation for Chinese ships along the Mekong and held a meeting with Myanmar, Laos and Thailand to discuss security cooperation. The four countries agreed to strengthen co-operation to ensure regional security and combat cross-border crime.

 

      China has launched a joint police patrol along the Mekong River with Laos, Myanmar and Thailand after the incident. A special police team made up of more than 300 officers set sail from Guan Lei port in southwest China’s Yunnan province on Dec. 10th, 2011.

 

      The crew, escorting 10 commercial ships, will reach Chiang Saen in Thailand on Sunday. The joint patrols have been established in response to attacks on river cargo vessels, specifically the murder of 13 Chinese sailors two months ago.

      It is reported that the passenger ship will reopen its cruise on Jan. 3rd, 2012. The first voyage is completed by a passenger speedboat from Guanlei Port in Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna, southwest China's Yunnan Province to Chiang Saen in Thailand. 

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