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China on Friday urged the Myanmar government and rebels to resolve their dispute peacefully so that refugees who were driven across the Chinese border can go home as soon as possible.
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China is urging Myanmar to maintain peace and order along the border after renewed fighting between ethnic insurgents and Myanmar’s army forced some local people to flee over the border into China, reports CCTV on February 11.
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China has resettled the refugees who poured into the southwestern Yunnan province after government forces clashed with Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in Myanmar’s Kokang region, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying was quoted as saying by Chinanews.com on Tuesday.
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Several thousand residents of the Kokang region in northern Shan State have fled into neighboring China’s Yunnan Province to escape ongoing heavy fighting between the Burma Army and Kokang ethnic rebels, according to a rebel spokesman, who said that the army launched numerous airstrikes in recent days.
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A visiting Indian minister who dropped in to India’s northeastern Manipur State said the central government is keen to develop several trade and plantation projects in the region as part of the state’s Special Economic Zone, according to the Nagaland Post on February 11.
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Myanmar Wanbao has dismissed Amnesty International’s accusations that it colluded in a series of human rights abuses directed against protestors at the Latpadaung copper mine site in Sagaing Division.
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China’s expressed concern on Tuesday about renewed fighting between Myanmar rebels and government forces which forced civilians to cross the border to seek refuge in China.
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Thai police will ask the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) to investigate 15 people, including eight local government officials, suspected of forging more than 400 identification cards for stateless migrants.
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India has sent back 411 detained Myanmar fishermen from the Andaman-Nicobar archipelago, a senior Myanmar diplomat said February 3. (more…)

Activist Mr Andy Hall is back in court to fight another defamation case brought by Natural Fruit Co, a Thai company he accused of human rights violations, according to the Bangkok Post on February 3. (more…)

Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team. (more…)

A pipeline transporting oil from Myanmar’s coast through to Yunnan, China has been inaugurated in a trial operation, according to Xinhua on January 28. (more…)

Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched from his home in the northern Malaysian state of Penang on Jan. 12. The next morning, his beaten and bloodied body was found. (more…)

A crude oil pipeline and a deep sea port meant to secure an alternative route for Chinese imports overland through Myanmar are set to open at the end of January, but an affiliated refinery in China is months away from completion, sources said. (more…)

Thai Justice Minister Mr Paiboon Koomchaya has called on Myanmar and China to help arrest 10 fugitive drug traders believed to be in hiding in those countries, according a The Nation report on January 18. (more…)

Nine Myanmar nationals have been charged with murder in Malaysia over the gruesome killings of six of their countrymen, a media report said January 15. (more…)

The International Labour Organisation on January 13 welcomed Thai government efforts to tackle human trafficking as “a step in the right direction,” reports the Bangkok Post. (more…)

The Thai government has cranked up its drive against human trafficking by setting deadlines for action and reports, according to the Bangkok Post on January 13. (more…)

A migrant rights NGO is calling on the authorities in southern Thai tourist resorts to respect minimum wage, work permit and social security regulations for Myanmar migrant workers who contribute to the region’s successful economy. (more…)

Burmese exports to China have decreased recently following a Chinese government move to freeze hundreds of bank accounts in border regions in an attempt to crackdown on illicit financial transactions across the Sino-Burmese border.

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