On The Border


As the United States expressed concern over the plight of the 16-year-old son of two detained Chinese rights lawyers, the country’s state media said that members of a banned opposition party in exile ‘conspired’ to smuggle the boy illegally into Myanmar, where he was detained earlier this month RFA reported on 15 October.
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The teenage son of two detained Chinese rights lawyers was detained alongside two friends and fellow activists in a cross-border police operation in a rebel-controlled part of northern Myanmar, sources told RFA on Wednesday.
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Police in Rangamati in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts say they have arrested Renin Su, a top leader of the Myanmar based Arakan Army, bdnews24.com reported on 14 October.
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Fighting between soldiers from the government’s Border Guard Force (BGF) and a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) occurred yesterday at around 10am and continued into today on the old Kawkareik-Myawaddy Road, Karen News reported on 9 October.
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Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) in Rakhine State have been charging Rohingyas travelling from Maungdaw Northside to central Maungdaw a toll since 1 October according to Ali Ahmed a passenger who had to pay the toll.
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Strike action temporarily stopped the ferry from Teknaf in Bangladesh to Maungdaw in Rakhine State, Burma after the captain was severely beaten by Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) on 1 October.
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Cross-border trade between Thailand and Burma through the Mae Sot-Myawaddy checkpoint totalled more than 60 billion in the fiscal year just ended, a rise of 12.3 percent over the 2013-2014 year, a senior customs official said on Thursday.
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Myanmar and China will cooperate in addressing the issue of illegal timber production, Myanmar’s Environmental Conservation and Forest Minister U Win Tun told a consultation workshop for Myanmar-China Timber Trade Stakeholders in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday, according to aXinhua report on 24 September.
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China’s Defence Minister has urged Burma to maintain stability on their common border as the Southeast Asian country prepares for what Beijing hopes will be successful elections in November, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.
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A border checkpoint between Thailand and Myanmar will reopen soon to promote cross-border trade and tourism, according to a report by Xinhua on 18 September quoting a senior Thai official.
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India’s former army chief and now junior foreign minister V K Singh has come down heavily on ‘uncalled exuberance’ and said all Indian military operations have so far been conducted within India and not on Myanmar soil.
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The Indian government finally banned the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) for five years on Wednesday.
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Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith signed an official agreement on Thursday for the construction of a second Thai-Myanmar bridge across the Moei River from Mae Sot district of Tak province.
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Yoma Bank’s Chief Business Officer, Daw Khin Mu Mu Myint, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s (ICBC) General Manager of the Yangon Branch, Mr. Jiang Yun, have signed an agreement facilitating the direct flow of trade-related funds between Myanmar and China according to a Yoma Bank media release on 9 September.
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In yet another cross border operation along the Indo-Myanmar border, a combined Indian Army and Assam Rifles unit ambushed and killed three People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) militants in Myanmar indiatvnews.com reported on 8 September.
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Despite a ban on rice exports as Myanmar struggles to recover from a nationwide flooding disaster, traders are continuing business at the Muse border with China.
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Bangladesh and Myanmar have launched a coordinated security clampdown against the Arakan Army, Bangladesh’s Financial Express reported on 1 September quoting officials.
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Indian security forces on Friday killed at least six suspected armed separatist rebels in the country’s insurgency-hit northeastern state of Nagaland, police said.
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The Arakan Army has sought to reach out to the government of Bangladesh to prevent further skirmishes after fighting erupted between Bangladeshi border guards and the ethnic Arakanese rebels on Wednesday in western Burma.
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Bangladesh has launched a raid against Myanmar separatists following a gun battle between local forces and the Arakan Army, local media sources reported August 27.
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