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Topic - Meng Jianzhu
China will stop handing down labor camp sentences this year under a system that allowed police to lock up government critics and other defendants for up to four years without trial, the country's top law enforcement official said Monday.
The mysterious slayings of 13 Chinese seamen aboard two cargo ships laden with illegal drugs — and the arrest of nine Thai soldiers accused of killing them — has Southeast Asia scrambling to appease an angry Chinese government, demanding vengeance.
In Beijing, Meng Jianzhu, China's minister for public security, said the four nations will establish joint river patrols and share intelligence in one the world's most notorious drug-smuggling regions.