TapForMobile

China calls for ceasefire after Myanmar border region clashes


At least 30 people, including five civilians and five traffic police, were killed Monday in a "surprise" attack authorities blamed on an ethnic Kokang rebel group in the small town of Laukkai near Myanmar's southeastern border with China.

Rebels from the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) launched an attack early Monday against police and military posts, according to Suu Kyi's office. It came one day after MNDAA attacks in Laukkai-the administrative capital of the ethnic Kokang region of Shan State-left at least 10 dead.

Many died and tens of thousands fled during that fighting, which also spilled over into China's territory and resulted in the death of five of its people, angering Beijing. China urged both the parties to resolve their disputes through dialogue and consultations.

Chinese foreign spokesman Geng Shuang said aid was being offered to those looking to "temporarily avoid the war", and called for an immediate ceasefire, adding that China supported Myanmar's peace process.

Following closely the military conflict at the border area of China- Myanmar in the Kokang region, China on Tuesday urges the concerned parties to maintain conducive to peace.

"Almost all residents from Laukkai town are fleeing", said Brigadier General Nyo Tun Aung from the Arakan Army (AA).

"According to initial information, many innocent civilians including a primary school teacher. were killed because of attacks by the MNDAA armed group", the office of Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a statement.


The latest clashes are in Shan, a northeastern state which has seen repeated bouts of fighting between the army and ethnic minority groups since November, undercutting a government peace bid.

The attack came after the Nobel Peace Prize victor met a delegation of ethnic armed groups last week to convince them to participate in a major peace conference.

Myanmar nationals from other parts of the country and Chinese who work in the city close to the border with China have been trying to return home to safety, they said.

Observers believe Beijing holds some sway over the ethnic fighters and has a key role to play in peace talks that Myanmar's de facto leader Ms Suu Kyi has tried to revive since coming to power past year.

"The government military has been asking us to abandon our weapons for a long time, but we stand firm on resolving political conflicts through political means instead of abandoning our weapons", he said.

An army source requesting anonymity said "about 7,000 local residents are fleeing to the China side because of fighting".

Related Articles

  • White House Lifts Several Sentences From Exxon Mobil Press Release

    White House Lifts Several Sentences From Exxon Mobil Press Release

    Bill Cassidy, R-La. "These projects will improve our economy and bring the well-paying jobs our state and country needs". In this way, an upstream technology breakthrough has led to a downstream manufacturing renaissance", he said.
    Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn reportedly vandalized

    Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn reportedly vandalized

    Speaking at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Cuomo says the incidents "violated every tenet of the New York State tradition". The United States has seen a spike in threats and attacks against Jewish cemeteries, schools and organizations in recent weeks.

    Despite Trump promises, Keystone pipeline won't have to use American steel

    However, the White House spokeswoman told Politico the order does not apply to the Keystone pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. That news brought derision from people who oppose the president and the pipeline in the USA - accusing him of double-speak.
  • 'World's heaviest woman' has surgery in India, loses 100 kgs

    'World's heaviest woman' has surgery in India, loses 100 kgs

    Bariatric surgery is a procedure that reduces weight loss by restricting the intake of food the stomach can retain. Abd El Aty was transported on a mini-truck to the airport, where she was flown on a chartered plane to India.
    Trump Met With Russian Ambassador In 2016

    Trump Met With Russian Ambassador In 2016

    The day after that he "simmered with rage", the newspaper reported, as he summoned his senior aides to chew them out. Some media reports claim the information was false and deliberately leaked to hurt the Trump campaign.
    #March4Trump rallies in Berkeley, Calif., and around the country turn violent

    #March4Trump rallies in Berkeley, Calif., and around the country turn violent

    Beaty/Denverite) Anti-Trump protester Cooper Carrington is lead away from the rally by a Denver police officer. Prior to the Berkeley event, both protesters and counter-protesters were wary of how the event would go.
  • Mitchell Marsh returns home with shoulder injury

    Mitchell Marsh returns home with shoulder injury

    The series stands level at 1-1 after India's dramatic 75-run victory in Bengaluru on Tuesday with the penultimate test starting in Ranchi on March 16.
    Tony Romo To Be Released By Cowboys Thursday

    Tony Romo To Be Released By Cowboys Thursday

    For his career, he has a QB-rating of 97.1 and finishes with the most yards and passing touchdowns in Cowboys' franchise history. But this visual of Romo seated to Jones's right, much like a family member would be, showed the Cowboys would do right by Romo.
    Nintendo Switch's Games Are Getting Rave Reviews

    Nintendo Switch's Games Are Getting Rave Reviews

    The Switch's big innovation is its versatility, Kotaku said in its review, calling it the Swiss Army Knife of video game players. At present, you can only use one Joy-Con to play a game, rather than using two at the same time to act like a complete gamepad.
  • Poland rips up European Union  summit text in Tusk dispute

    Poland rips up European Union summit text in Tusk dispute

    After being confirmed as president again, he tweeted: "Grateful for trust & positive assessment by #EUCO (European Council)". But Malta's prime minister, who will preside over the vote, indicated that there's little appetite for a delay.
    Vimeo Announces Support for 360-Degree Video

    Vimeo Announces Support for 360-Degree Video

    With Vimeo , on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general. So, how do you watch these 360 videos? You'll have to imagine what it'd look like in VR.

    Nick Kyrgios goes from big win to big letdown at Mexico Open

    It's a big match . "My confidence is good and I hope to fight at the Masters in Indian Wells and Miami". The American surprised everyone with a tremendous first service that Nadal did not know how to respond.

Comments