On The Border


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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Nearly every night, just across the frontier in Burma’s Shan State, the hills of Kokang are on fire. It stains the fog of Yunnan’s mountains, and the border villages see eight hours of twilight. Yet the mood is oddly serene. Locals don’t seem too worried about conflict brewing at their doorstep. On the roof of one hotel, the staff has set up a television set so they can keep up with their favorite late-night programs, and they glance only occasionally toward the orange glow, usually as an afterthought to something they hear from that direction. They simply trust that the Burmese will keep the killing to their own side of the border, but recent events suggest otherwise. (more…)

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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