On The Border


Sixteen Myanmar soldiers died in a major offensive to flush rebels from a strategic hill-top in the northeastern region bordering China, state media said April 16, as fighting with ethnic insurgents nears its tenth week.
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India plans to strengthen its surveillance along its border with Myanmar to check drugs and arms smuggling, besides movement of militants, officials said, reports Zee News on April 16.
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As of January 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) Malaysia has registered 151,770 refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia, with the majority coming from Myanmar.
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The Burmese civil society is “divided” over the issue of citizenship for Rohingya refugees mostly lodged in Bangladesh, a Myanmar political analyst has said in a Dhaka conference.
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“Bangladesh should appoint a PR in Myanmar for improving relations,” Khin Zaw Win says, “and solve refugee issue using third party, UN or others”. (more…)

Three members of a group calling itself Jit Arsa [volunteer spirit] are staging a 500-kilometre march to ask the Thai government to claim back their village. (more…)

The Yunnan provincial government has informed Myanmar about a crackdown on illegal border trade in April and May, according to entrepreneurs.
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Two police officers from an anti-narcotics task force were killed and three wounded when a bomb exploded in a volatile area of northeastern Myanmar near the border with China, a police official said on Monday. (more…)

A devastating fire in a refugee camp in northern Thailand’s Mae Hong Son has left over 600 homeless and in need of immediate assistance.
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Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) returned 514 Rohingyas including 319 men, 129 women and 68 children to Burma in the month of March, 2015, according to Abu Rasel Siddique the second-in-command of BGB Battalion No.42 based in Teknaf, Bangladesh.
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Long-standing land disputes along Burma’s border with China were reignited on Friday as Chinese officials demarcated territories within Burma for a planned bridge linking the two countries, according to locals.
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A group of 20 nationals from China were turned away by hundreds of angry villagers in northeastern Myanmar’s Shan state Friday after crossing the border and attempting to plant a flag declaring the area to be Chinese territory, according to a local ethnic party official. (more…)

Even before you see the mountain, you can smell it. The enormous rubbish tip east of the Thai border town of Mae Sot slowly rots under the sun. Clambering over it are countless men, women and children, entire families armed with long sticks tipped with a hook or using their bare hands to search for usable – or edible – loot.
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Myanmar has accepted responsibility and apologized for bombs dropped on Chinese territory last month that killed five people, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
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(Unofficial Translation)

On the evening of March 13th, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin urgently summoned Myanmar ambassador to China to lodge a solemn representation on the death and injuries of Chinese citizens caused by bombs dropped by Burmese bomber aircraft. Liu Zhenmin pointed out that the Myanmar army and related armed groups in the Kokang region in northern Myanmar have been engaged in continued exchange of fire in the Sino-Burmese border areas. (more…)

China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday that it investigating whether more stray bombs had fallen in Chinese territory during fighting between Myanmar’s government and rebels, after five people were killed earlier this month.
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Ferry transit at the Mae Sot-Myawaddy border crossing resumed on Tuesday, after the Karen State Border Guard Force (BGF) resolved a trade dispute with Thai authorities that had prompted the temporary closure of more than 20 jetties along the Moei River.
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Rebel forces fighting Myanmar troops in the Kokang border region of Shan state are actively trying to recruit Chinese nationals as mercenaries to boost their numbers, according to a report by Radio Free Asia on March 24.
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When rumors spread around the sugar-cane farms in northern Myanmar that the army was advancing, Li Jiapeng and his family packed some clothes, grabbed some cash and joined a long line of people fleeing in cars and on foot. Everyone was heading for safety on the other side of the border in China, just six miles away.
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The Burma Army resumed using fighter jets in its war with Kokang rebels in northeast Burma on Thursday, about one week after a bomb strayed into Chinese territory, killing five Chinese nationals and angering Beijing.
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