09 Nov '11, 5am

China to send armed patrols on Mekong: report

BEIJING: China and several neighbouring countries will provide armed escorts to ships navigating the Mekong River, state media said on Wednesday, after 13 Chinese sailors were killed on the key waterway last month. The sailors died in a raid on two Chinese cargo boats on the Mekong on October 5 - an attack thought to have been carried out by a notorious gang in the "Golden Triangle" area known for drug smuggling. Police in Thailand have since detained nine soldiers suspected of killing the sailors, and also thought to have links to a Myanmar drug kingpin. The state-run China Daily newspaper quoted the Ministry of Public Security as saying China and its Southeast Asian neighbours - believed to be Thailand, Laos and Myanmar - would begin armed patrols on the river next month. "China's contribution to the patrols will come from a special armed force established under the Yunn...

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