Vessels with law enforcement personnel from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand participate in the 63rd joint patrol on the Mekong River. (Photo/cnr.cn)
The 63rd joint patrol on the Mekong River with law enforcers from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand was completed on Sunday.
Seven vessels and 163 law enforcement personnel from the four countries participated in the mission which started on Thursday.
During the joint patrol, the personnel conducted a seminar on the security and hydrological situation of the Mekong River.
The joint patrols started in December 2011 to tackle safety concerns after a gang hijacked two cargo ships and killed 13 Chinese sailors in Thai waters on Oct. 5, 2011.
The patrols have greatly improved the sense of safety of residents along the river and sailors.
The Mekong River, known as the Lancang River for the Chinese stretch, runs through China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and is an important waterway for transnational shipping.