27 November 2011
China and neighbouring States to conduct joint patrols of the Mekong River
China, Thailand, Laos and Burma agreed to launch joint patrols of the Mekong River that will involve the police departments of the four countries. This follows an attack last October where 13 Chinese crew members were killed. Thai soldiers have been suspected of carrying out the attack, and China urged the Thai and Burmese governments to do more to protect shipping in the area. The coordinated action of the four countries is intended to increase the security on the river.