The People's Republic of China claims that the Golden Triangle regions of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand are the source of most of its imports of heroin and methamphetamine. The region has been known for drug cultivation for centuries. [http:--abcnews.go.com-International-wireStory-china-golden-triangle-source-dangerous-drugs-31984860 (AP via ABC News America)]date=August 2019
The bodies of 12 Chinese sailors have been found and one remains missing in Mekong river, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, after the incident last week in which two Chinese cargo vessels were hijacked by suspected drug smugglers in the Golden Triangle, and later captured by Thai river police.
Fighting erupts between ethnic rebel groups and Burmese government forces in the east of the country; thousands of people flee into Thailand. [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-world-asia-pacific-11708237 (BBC)] [http:--english.aljazeera.net-news-asia-pacific-2010-11-2010118479326824.html (Al Jazeera)] [http:--www.bangkokpost.com-news-local-205368-fighting-on-thai-burma-border-injures-three-thais ("Bangkok Post")]date=August 2019