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116th joint patrol on Mekong River begins

Updated:2022-04-29 11:39:25   Xinhua

The enforcement vessel from China, which is participating in the 88th Mekong River joint patrol, pulls out Guanlei Port in southwest China's Yunnan Province, Nov. 19, 2019. (Xinhua/Wu Han)

Law-enforcement authorities from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand joined forces on April 26 to start the 116th Mekong River joint patrol.

Three Chinese vessels departed at 9 a.m. from Jingha Port, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, according to the provincial public security bureau.

During the four-day patrol, the four countries will carry out non-contact operations to safeguard safety and stability along the river basin.

The Mekong River, known as the Lancang River in China, is a vital waterway for cross-border shipping.

China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand have been conducting joint patrols on the river dating back to December 2011.

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