104th Mekong River joint patrol begins

KUNMING, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Law-enforcement authorities from China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand joined forces Tuesday for the 104th Mekong River joint patrol.

File photo: CFP

Four Chinese vessels departed from Jingha Port in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province for the patrol.

Law-enforcement officers from the four countries plan to navigate over 600 km of the river over four days and three nights to strengthen patrols of pivotal waters of the Mekong River.

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 carrying out joint patrols on the Mekong River since December 2011.