Friday, January 11, 2013

China reported sending troops to Burma border

Friday, 11 January 2013 19:24 Mizzima News

China has reportedly sent soldiers to its border with Burma amid concern that escalating violence between Burmese government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) may spill over into Yunnan Province, Reuters reported on Friday evening, quoting Chinese media.

No details of troop numbers were given nor were there any indications if military equipment was being transported into the region.

“On the night of the 9th, there was shelling in Kachin, and residents of the unstable area quickly ran inside the Chinese border to pass the night in peace,” a report in Global Times said.

The Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily, has also carried coverage of the escalating violence around the KIA headquarters of Laiza, which lies along the Sino-Burmese border.

The news of Chinese troop movements comes a day after an estimated 1,200 Yunnan-based Kachins gathered at the border to launch a protest against the ongoing conflict.

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