Military


At the Defence Services Museum in Nay Pyi Taw there are cabinets devoted to the peace-making exploits of President U Thein Sein. When he wore an army uniform, especially during his time as chief of the Shan State’s Triangle Command, he was responsible for negotiations with ethnic minority armies.
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Myanmar expressed “deep sorrow” on Monday for the deaths of five people across the border in China’s Yunnan province that it has been blamed for, while Beijing said it was clear Myanmar’s air force was responsible.
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China sent fighter jets to its border with neighboring Burma on Saturday and lodged a diplomatic protest after it said a Burmese warplane dropped a bomb on Chinese territory, killing four people.
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China’s premier, Li Keqiang, delivered his government’s highest-profile warning yet to Myanmar over violence spilling across the border, when he used an annual news conference on Sunday to condemn the deaths of four Chinese farmers he said were killed by a bomb from a Myanmar warplane. (more…)

A Kokang rebel representative has said that an ethnic Chinese businessman who recently died under mysterious circumstances while in custody of the military intelligence agency had no active links with the rebel group. (more…)

Four Chinese people were killed in southwestern Yunnan province Friday by a bomb dropped from a Myanmar warplane, state media reported, days after Beijing warned of escalating violence across the border. (more…)

Men from villages in Loikaw Township, Karenni State dare not sleep at home because they are scared they will be taken away and forced to work as porters for the Burma Army.
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Three unrelated women recently joined hands in support of fighting-affected families in Putao, in the far north of Myanmar’s Kachin state. The way these women from the Red Cross Movement lent support to displaced women and their families typifies the spirit of women humanitarian workers the world over.
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Leaders of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) said they will observe a nationwide ceasefire meeting between the Burmese government and an alliance of ethnic armed groups on March 16, while there are tentative plans for a bilateral meeting between the KIA and the government.
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Bombs dropped by Myanmar government forces fighting ethnic Kokang rebel troops have triggered forest fires and deaths on the Chinese side of the border with northern Myanmar, local sources said Wednesday.
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The Karen Women’s Organization has successfully completed a lobbying trip to the UK, during which they had the chance to state their dismay at British government training of the Myanmar army, according to a press release issued on March 11. (more…)

The leaders of the Kachin Independence Organisation and Kachin Independence Army (KIO-KIA) are still mulling whether to meet President Then Sein and Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing on March 12 or 13 in Nay Pyi Taw before the 7th nationwide ceasefire talk starts in Yangon on March 16. (more…)

China warned over escalating violence between Myanmar’s military and rebel forces after a civilian home was hit by shelling from across the border, apparently for the first time in the current unrest.
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Chinese armed forces are on high alert in the Sino-Burmese border region as clashes between Burmese soldiers and rebels continue in Kokang. Security has been tightened after damage from the violence spread over into Chinese territory on Sunday, in a sign that authorities are taking more proactive measures to cool tensions the area.
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Major general accused of fraud but charge is a pretext for a political error, sources say

A senior PLA strategist will face a military court on fraud charges that sources say are a cover for the officer’s alleged leak of state secrets to armed rebels in Myanmar. (more…)

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed that Myanmar accidentally bombed Chinese soil. What are the consequences?
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An ethnic organization has accused the Burma Army of perpetrating human rights abuses in northern Shan State, where fighting over the last several weeks has flared between the government and ethnic Kokang rebels.
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The Burma Army lost eight soldiers and 51 were injured in recent days during attempts to conquer strategic hill top positions in Kokang Special Region in northern Shan State from ethnic Kokang rebels, state media reported on Tuesday.
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A prominent ethnic Chinese businessman with family ties to the leader of the Kokang rebel group fighting government troops in northern Myanmar’s Shan state has died while in custody of local authorities, prompting speculation he was tortured to death, reports Radio Free Asia on March 9.
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Burma’s government and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) will hold a meeting in Naypyidaw this month, nearly four months after the rebel armed group asked to meet to discuss the killing of 23 cadets in a Laiza shelling on Nov. 19.
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