Is Mekong River Shipping in Decline?

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changing routesChina’s latest action blockbuster, Operation Mekong, captivates audiences with its portrayal of a booming aquatic trade route plagued by pirates and drug smuggling. Released last month, it chronicles the true story of the massacre of 13 Chinese cargo ship crew on the Mekong River in 2011.

But today, the real picture of Mekong River trade is anything but action-packed, reports Caixin Online. An alternative land route, Chinese efforts to curb the upstream smuggling of frozen-meat products, and government restrictions on the export of wood and stone in Myanmar and Laos have brought the river’s shipping trade to a screeching halt.

Full story at Caixin Online.


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