Four-nation joint patrol on Mekong River starts

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-24 21:04:14|Editor: huaxia
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The enforcement personnel participating in the 88th Mekong River joint patrol are seen at Guanlei Port in southwest China's Yunnan Province, Nov. 19, 2019.(Xinhua/Wu Han)

KUNMING, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- The 89th Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand was launched Tuesday in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

In a bid to safeguard the security and stability along the Mekong River, the four countries will carry out joint patrols, visits, inspections and safety publicity events during the four-day patrol, according to the Yunnan provincial public security department.

Cultural and sports activities, a joint meeting of commanders and a work meeting were held by the four sides in the city of Jinghong, Yunnan, before the patrol.

The joint patrols on the Mekong River started in December 2011 after a gang hijacked two cargo ships and killed 13 Chinese sailors on Oct. 5 that year.

A Chinese law enforcement vessel leaves the waters of Muang Mo of Laos upon completion of its mission, on Nov. 21, 2019. (Xinhua/Wu Han)

The Mekong River, known as the Lancang River at the Chinese stretch, is a vital waterway for cross-border shipping among China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.