Tue 26 Aug 2008
Filed under: Guns,News
Over 200 more military trucks have arrived in the town of Ruili on the China-Burma border, the latest consignment of the 3500 trucks to be sent to the Burmese junta by the Chinese government.
According to merchants and a military analyst on the border, the FAW-brand trucks will now be deployed to military and police units across Burma.
Chinese-made military trucks have been used widely in Burma by the military and more recently by the police – Rangoon residents have said they have seen FAW and Lan Jian branded trucks with Burma Police emblems on them driving around the city.
Aung Kyaw Zaw, a military analyst on the China-Burma border, said the trucks would help the regime meet the needs of its expanding forces.
“The trucks will be sent off to Mandalay from here, and then on to the military garages which will send them out to various military units,” Aung Kyaw Zaw said.
“The government is now expanding a lot of military battalions and they need to provide four or five trucks to each new battalion.”
Aung Kyaw Zaw said the sale of the trucks would benefit both the Chinese and the Burmese governments.
“China will not do anything without political or economic benefits – no one will buy these trucks in China any more and they had been recycling a lot of them,” he said.
“Now they don’t have to just dump them on the scrapheap – but instead they can sell them to the Burmese government.”
Cyclone victims in Irrawaddy delta have also reported seeing the trucks in use delivering relief items.