Mekong River joint patrol begins

24 July 2019
Mekong River joint patrol begins
This photo taken May 23, 2019 shows Thai navy personnel inspecting the boat of a fisherman during a patrol along the Mekong river bordering Thailand and Laos in Tha Utain, Nakhon Phanom province. Photo: Aidan Jones/AFP

The 84th Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand started on Tuesday from Guanlei Port in southwest China's Yunnan Province, Xinhua reported.

Seven vessels participated in the patrol which will involve inspections, a crackdown on drug crime and an anti-drug publicity campaign, according to China’s provincial public security department.

The mission will cover key waters including the "Golden Triangle," an area notorious for drug production.