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Patrols put dent in Mekong River attacks (2)

By Zhang Yan and Xin Dingding (China Daily)

10:01, March 13, 2012

"Meanwhile, the Mekong watershed is at the junction of the four countries, and river shipping is under their separate jurisdictions, so it's inevitable to have safety management loopholes," Dai said.

Attacks are still possible in the future, Meng said, though not as frequently as before.

Two attacks targeting Chinese vessels since international shipping traffic was fully restored on Dec 10 have made headlines, raising safety concerns about the river.

On Jan 4, four Chinese cargo ships and a Myanmar patrol boat were attacked in the early morning at Wan Pung Port in Myanmar.

According to Thai naval police, the attackers fired two rockets. One fell into the water and the other exploded near the ships. No casualties or damage to the vessels were reported.

Ten days later, another Chinese commercial vessel was attacked by unidentified gunmen in the Golden Triangle region. Although the five crewmen on board were uninjured, bullet holes could be seen in the windows, walls and doors of the vessel.

"They are just isolated cases rather than planned and premeditated attacks," Meng said.

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Li Yingqing contributed to this story.

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