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China trains Myanmar police to fight drug menace

The month-long training course at Yunnan will also teach officials about the global anti-drug situation" and drug-testing methods.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2006 16:17 IST

China police are teaching Myanmar officials kung fu and Mandarin as part of training in how to crack down on drug trafficking, state media said on Tuesday.


The one-month training course, held at a police college in China's southern Yunnan province which borders Myanmar, will also teach officials about the "global anti-drug situation" and drug-testing methods, Xinhua news agency said.

"We really treasure this training opportunity in China and we will work hard here," Xinhua quoted captain Shwe Nyar Maung, a Myanmar official, as saying.

Xinhua said 160 Myanmar officials had been taught by the school.

China has become increasingly concerned about drugs flowing across the border from military-ruled Myanmar, which along with Thailand and Laos, is home to the lawless, opium-producing region, the "Golden Triangle".

In the lead-up to Monday's International Anti-Drug Day, China launched a major publicity campaign to raise concern about increasing levels of drug trafficking and championing a new crackdown.

Xinhua reported that China had executed four heroin traffickers on Monday for importing heroin. Last year, China arrested nearly 60,000 people for drugs offences, it said.