Fighting the vicious circle in the Golden Triangle

It took almost four hours to travel along the 160-kilometre mountainous route from Myanmar's town of Tachileik, bordering Chiang Rai, to Kengtung in the eastern state of Shan, but the officials from six neighbouring countries were determined to reach the town in a bid to establish an anti-drug centre in the state known to be a hotbed of drug production.

behind the scenes: The Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos. In 2015, Myanmar and Laos accounted for 25% of global drug production. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Kengtung is now home to the Safe Mekong Coordination Center (SMCC), jointly formed by China, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Myanmar was chosen to hold the chairmanship of the centre from July to September this year.

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