June 27, 2006

China trains Myanmar police to fight drug menace

BEIJING (Reuters) - 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

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.