China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand have announced that they will conduct a two-month joint campaign against drug-related crimes on the Mekong River, which will start on April 20.

Representatives of the four nations said despite the recent improvement in the overall security situation on the river, narcotics crimes continue to be rampant, partly due to the region’s lagging socio-economic development.

According to Xinhua, under the campaign, the four countries will jointly crack down on a series of major trans-regional drug-trafficking cases, break major narcotics production chains and hunt drug-related fugitives.

By doing so, they expect to foster their mutual trust and boost trans-regional capabilities in repressing drug offenders.

Maintaining security on the Mekong river is necessary for creating a “safe shipping route” in this “Golden Triangle area”, they affirmed./.