Bright crimson moonlight dappling Mekong River mirrored the sadness of the relatives who were saying goodbye to the Chinese sailors killed after their cargo ships were attacked by suspected drug traffickers.
China on Thursday demanded swift action from three Southeast Asian countries as they investigate an attack on the Mekong River that claimed the lives of 12 Chinese sailors near the Thai-Myanmar border.
Time：October 5, 2011
Location：Mekong River near Golden Triangle, Thailand
Investigation：The Chinese sailors were killed on the Mekong River when drug traffickers attacked their boats on Wednesday, October 5. The attack took place in the Golden Triangle, a jungle area on the border between Thailand, Burma and Laos notorious for its opium production.
The Mekong is a river in Mainland China and Indochina. It is the world's 10th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,909 km (3,050 mi). From the Tibetan Plateau this river runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The Golden Triangle is one of Asia's two main illicit opium-producing areas. It is an area of around 367,000 square miles that overlaps the mountains of four countries: Burma, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.