On The Border


India and Myanmar would soon start formal border trade through the northeastern state of Mizoram, a senior state government official said here on Wednesday.
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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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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…)

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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A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed that Myanmar accidentally bombed Chinese soil. What are the consequences?
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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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Refugees taking shelter on the Sino-Burmese border after fleeing fighting in northeast Burma’s Kokang Special Region are facing shortage of humanitarian support, according to Kokang lawmakers in contact with them.
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China expressed anger on Tuesday after fighting between Myanmar soldiers and rebels unleashed a stray shell that flattened a house in its territory, and called for a cooling-off in tension after more than a month of strife.
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Bilateral meetings have been held over the weekend in both China and Burma aimed at reducing tensions over the ongoing Kokang conflict, state media reported on Monday.
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The government of the Chinese border province of Yunnan has not played host to an ethnic Chinese Myanmar rebel leader and does not support him in fighting Myanmar’s government, the province’s top official said on Saturday.
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Stateless Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State were dealt the latest blow to their prospects for obtaining recognition as one of Burma’s ethnic minorities when the government announced last month that their temporary identity cards would be rescinded.
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Bangladeshi border guards clashed with a group of illegal migrants who had crossed from neighbouring Myanmar on Friday, before deporting 136 of them, including women and children.
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A total of 2,458 internally displaced people have returned to Laukkai, the capital of Kokang region in northeastern Shan state, as situation there improved, an official report said Friday. (more…)

Tens of thousands of refugees from fighting in the northern Myanmar region of Kokang near the border with China are being evicted from at least two camps in China, reports Radio Free Asia on March 4. (more…)

Myanmar must ensure lower temperatures along its border with China and all parties must exercise restraint, a senior Chinese official told a Myanmar envoy, following clashes that have pushed refugees into China. (more…)

Chinese authorities hit back at media, including DVB, who have reported that China has blocked access to camps at the Sino-Burmese border and sent Kokang refugees back to the troubled region despite fears for their safety.
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Chinese authorities last week issued an order restricting access to the Kokang border, where the number of refugees continues to swell.
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A delegation, advocating on behalf of refugees and displaced people from Burma took their cause to Britain’s Parliament in an attempt to highlight the affects of funding cuts on services to people in camps on the Thai side of the Burma border.
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