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KOKANG (CHINA SUPPORTED ) REBELS ATTACK PRISON TRANSFER TRUCK TODAY Between 10 and 20 fully equipped Chinese troops have been carrying out security measures and building bunkers along the Chinshwehaw border while filming and photographing Myanmar’s army from across the boundary. “The Chinese troops took video and photographic records of Myanmar’s army this morning. We informed our superiors. There were about 10 to 20 of them,” said a major from No.11 Infantry Division, who asked not to be named. “The army cleared Lonhtan village where the Red Cross volunteers were injured. Clashes have reduced as we cleared the area around Laukkai. Kokang rebels have started withdrawing.” An unnamed high-ranking official said: “The Chinese troops have tightened security at the border. Myanmar’s army now controls a hill near Lonhtan village from where Kokang rebels fired on a motorcade carrying civilians and journalists. A civilian was killed and two Red Cross volunteers and another civilian were wounded. The army cleared Konekyan and Mawhtaik by the use of ground and air forces.” Refugees and Red Cross volunteers have reported hearing regular gunfire in the region. The clashes intensified between Laukkai and Chinshwehaw on February 21 and have spread to Kunlone, according to residents. ###### The United Wa Army, Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Mongla group (also known as the National Democracy Alliance Army) have been aiding the Kokang rebels, Lieutenant-General Mya Tun Oo from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief told a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. “These groups, which have been helping the Kokang rebels in combat, need to take responsibilities for themselves. Since the sovereignty of our country is being infringed upon, the military will not yield. We will continue to fight them,” said Mya Tun Oo. He said the Kokang rebels had been reinforcing themselves with manpower and weapons to reclaim their land. They could not do this on their own and they had formed an alliance with the Wa, Mongla, KIA and TNLA. The path taken by the eight Chinese citizens with weapons seen on projector All eight captured Chinese citizens had confessed that Chinese mercenaries had been involved in the Laukkaing clashes, he said. “Those who were fighting with the rebels told us that they heard commands being given in Kachin and Wa languages. They’ve even heard women’s voices. Also the KIA, Mongla and Wa are involved in this,” he said. “The clashes continued today. We will fight them until the Kokang rebels are unable to take a foothold in this area. Then we will immediately try to bring peace to the area.” A commercial arms smuggling market was widespread in the border areas and it was difficult to know the amount of munitions that had been smuggled into the country, he said. ########## A third strike has occurred on one of the Red Cross convoy carrying civilians from Laukkai, injuring four, on its way back to Kunlong refugee camp. Reporter Min Thiha Maung from MRTV-4 was hit in his shoulder and three others, including a Red Cross volunteer and driver, were also wounded during the attack. Rescuers say the wounded are not in a critical condition. “The attack broke out at around 5pm [on Saturday] near where the other two shootings took place. They’re now at Kunlong hospital,” said female rescuer Chit Me. Min Thiha Maung travelled to Laukkai with two reporters from the 7Day Daily, spending a night guarded by government troops in the town. On their way back to Kunlong with a civilian convoy from Laukkai, they were attacked near Lonhtan village on the Laukkai-Chinshwehaw road, where previous shootings occurred. One dead, one wounded in fresh attacks in Laukkaing The government army is planning to step up its attacks on the Kokang rebels in the Laukkaing, Mawhtike and Gonegyan, soon. ### China has sent its border guard forces to China-Myanmar border. Heavy armed vehicles and fully-equipped Chinese soldiers are seen at Chinshwehaw near the border line. A senior officer said, “The Kokang rebel group started its attack with the first bomb attack on Kunlong suspension bridge in last year’s April. Since two years ago, those from Kokang rebels have infiltrated into the nearby regions including the conflict-affected regions.” According to the secret information, the rebel group has planned to control Laukkaing region before the Chinese New Year. The government army has prepared to step up its attacks on the rebels. The deployment of soldiers from Nos.11, 33 and 77 Light Infantry Divisions is seen in the battle fields.On 17 February, many convey carrying heavy military equipment was seen in the region. According to an unnamed army officer, there may be heavy fighting soon. The government army could control the inflow of about 60 cars carrying Kokang rebels. KYAW THU Free Funeral Service VISITS WOUNDED BURMA MYANMAR SOLDIERS President Office Ordinance No. (2/2015) 14th Waning Day of Tabodwe 1376 ME (17 February 2015) Military Administrative Order issued 1.In order to bring back normalcy in Kokang Self-Administered Zone where a state of emergency is declared under the Ordinance No. (1/2015), military administrative order is issued under Sub-section (b) of Section 413 of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. 2.The executive powers and duties and judicial powers and duties concerning community peace and tranquility and prevalence of law and order in Kokang Self-Administrative Zone are conferred on the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services. 3. The Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services may exercise the said powers and duties himself or empower on any suitable military authority to exercise thereof. ####### MNDAA ATTACKS RED CROSS CONVOY –The MNDAA emerged from the remnants of the Communist Party of Burma, a powerful Chinese-backed guerrilla force that battled the Myanmar government before splintering in 1989. U WIRATHU AND THE MONKS GIVE DONATION, FOOD AND TRANSPORT TO THE REFUGEES BURMESE SOLDIERS DEFENDING COUNTRY AGAINST CHINA ALLIES AND LOST LIFE From 9 to 12 February, 13 clashes broke out between the government troops and the Kokang renegade groups, with the former carrying out five airstrikes during the military operations. So far, the fighting has left government forces with 47 dead, 73 wounded and five vehicles destroyed. For not informed readers : After laying low for the past five years, Pheung Kya-shin, chief of the Kokang Special Region in Myanmar, is back to take on the Myanmar Armed Forces as the conflict between the government and ethnic rebels continue to ramp up. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141230000126&cid=1101
Why civil war in northern Myanmar matters to China When the government troops launched the attack against the Kokang Special Region in 2009, about 30,000 refugees fled to Yunnan province in southwestern China. Despite Beijing’s diplomatic stance of nonintervention in the internal affairs of other countries, the Chinese government and civilians offered moral support to the Kokang National Democratic Alliance Army. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=&id=20150122000017 State-controlled media said on February 12 that the government has informed the Chinese military attaché about the Laukkaing clashes, adding that “ethnic Kokang rebels” entered Myanmar through the Chinese border before the clashes and were well-trained in high-tech military weaponry. Afterward, there was widespread criticism of the government’s earlier reporting about the clashes, which described the situation as a small skirmish involving a 100-strong rebel force. In fact, the rebel force included over 1,000 troops, and local people reported that the fighting was different from the usual fighting with ethnic armed forces. There were 13 clashes from February 9 to 12, killing five officers and 42 soldiers, and wounding 11 officers and 62 soldiers, according to the state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar. The newspaper also said some of the “ethnic Kokang rebels” were wounded, and some arms were seized while the rebels were “fleeing.” The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) said three of its soldiers were killed and six were wounded, while on the government side, there were 70 casualties and injured. The government’s report included some concurrences with facts uttered by local Laukkaing residents as a special difference. [In other words, the government talked the same as Laukkaing residents.] Laukkaing residents say the clashes were not the same like previous ones used to occur between the government troops and ethnic armed groups. The government’s report says the Kokang rebels seemed to arrive near the site of clashes [the intersection of 18 mile and Tarshwehtan] in advance wearing new uniforms without showing any tiredness for distant travelling and used first-rate compact vehicles for their faster transport via roads used for border trade and manufacturing. It also said the rebels used several rocket launchers and a large amount of grenades seeming to be well-trained for such fighting. According to facts not different with what local Laukkaing residents said, it has been learnt that the rebels were said to be Chinese mercenaries speaking only in Chinese holding flags written in theirlanguage as they’re totally different from the ethnic armed groupsalthough they’re joined together. MNDAA said the fact is true that it had a 1000-strong force fighting in those clashes but not detailing about how it obtained such a strong force. A faction of Kokang rebels fled to China after a four-day clash with government troops in 2009 sparked by drug-related problems and the issue of border guard forces. Later reports said that former Kokang leader Phone Kya Shin fled to China or Wa Special Region. The Kokang group has been crippled over the last five years. This month’s clashes occurred a month after Phone Kya Shin’s return last December. The 84-year-old leader told the Global Times in a recent interview that he would attack the government again. A month after the interview, the clashes began in Laukkaing, which is located between China and Myanmar. The Chinese foreign ministry announced on February 10 that the Chinese government was raising concerns about the clashes between government troops and the Kokang rebels. The ministry instructed the rebels and the Myanmar army to settle their disputes peacefully and said China would protect its security and rule of law. Union Minister Aung Min said although the Kokang participated in the previous peace talks, they would be disallowed to take part in the signing of a nationwide ceasefire deal. Military observers pointed out that Phone Kya Shin resurfaced after he was identified by a Chinese newspaper. A former communist party member said Chinese nationals joined the Burmese Communist Party and helped fight government troops with Chinese military assistance in 1968, 1970 and after 1980. According to the government’s official announcement, the insurgents intended to occupy Laukkaing before Union Day and attacked the Laukkaing administrative offices, as well as the prison and police station. Military observers pointed out that the clashes in Laukkaing were well-organised. The use of weapons and forces was different from other armed groups, except those of the United Wa State Army (UWSA). The Special Region-2 of UWSA, the Special Region-4 of Mongla and the Special Region-1 of Laukkaing are situated on the east bank of the Thanlwin River. The leader of Mongla is reported to be a son-in-law of Phone Kya Shin, leading some to believe that the Wa and the residents of Mongla may be behind the clashes in Laukkaing. The UWSA is the largest rebel army in Myanmar. It has also a weapons factory and can use modern weapons. Journalist Bertil Lintner has written said that Chinese intelligence gave military training to the UWSA, despite denials by both sides. Other rumours claim the UWSA provided reinforcements to the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) in their clashes with government troops. Moreover, the UWSA provided weapons assistance to the Kachin Independence Organisation/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA) in their clashes with the government troops. The UWSA describes itself as an ethnic organisation, but no members of its politburo were born in Myanmar. Most of the members were born in China. The UWSA usually makeS decisions only after consulting with the administrator of Yunnan Province, China. The clashes in Kokang broke out amid growing anger of Myanmar people over natural resources illegally flowing to China. The Myanmar government officially informed the Chinese military attaché to Myanmar of the clashes taking place along the Myanmar-China border, saying the Myanmar Army will strengthen its forces to prevent Kokang rebels from infiltrating through the Chinese border.eleven media update 13/2/ thousand fled and crossed into China’s Yunnan Province . battle still ongoing–Clashes between the government troops and the combined forces of Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Taung National Liberation Army ( TNLA) and Arakan Army (AA) are still going on in Laukkai.According to the military watchdogs in China-Myanmar border area, the government reinforced its troops from the No.33 battalion as heavy fighting continued. photocr.namkam Clashes between government troops and ethnic armed groups continue in the Kokant Self-Administered Region in northern Shan State. The conflict has been active since February 9. On February 9, skirmishes broke out in Laukkai, Nyan Kwan village, Taukshwe village and Maw Htaik. The military reported that a local battalion is doing land-clearing work in the area. One army officer said he heard the Kokant militia and its allies are attacking police and military troops in Laukkai area. “They are waging a one-sided war against us. We didn’t start the clashes. But we have to maintain security in the region as they attack our camps,” the officer said. Casualties have been reported by the government troops, as well as by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). The government has carried out air strikes in the area, according to TNLA information officer Mai Aik Kyaw. “At present, clashes continue in three or four places. The government dropped bombs using two helicopters, and just now another bombing happened in that area. The cause of the clashes is that Kokant groups are fighting for freedom in their region,” said Mai Aik Kyaw.The rebels were formerly part of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB), a China-backed guerrilla force that battled the Burma government until the group fell apart in 1989. 9.02.2015 an outpost of the Burma Army in northern Shan State’s Kokang region where it is fighting with the Kokang Army aka MNDAA (Fierce battles started to break out between the two armies in at least three locations just after midday today. Aircraft are being used by the Burma Army. Burma Army reinforcements are being sent in at night. Fierce battles are taking place everywhere in the Kokang region of northern Shan State. Kokang MNDAA troops are fighting to regain their former territories. ရွမ္းျပည္အေရွ့ေျမာက္ပိုင္း ေလာက္ကိုင္၊ တာေရႊထန္၊ ကုန္းၾကမ္းႏွင့္ ညံခြမ္းေဒသေတြမွာ ခလရ (၁၂၅) ျမန္မာတပ္မ်ားနဲ႕ ကိုးကန္႕ တပ္ေတြ တိုက္ပြဲျပင္းထန္စြာ ျဖစ္ပြါးေနပါတယ္ Clashes broke out between the government and the joined forces of the Kokant, Kachin and Taung ethnic militias in Laukkaing, located in the Kokant Self-Administered Region in northern Shan State, on February 9. “Clashes have been occurred in four places in Konegyan and Koulon. I heard that the ethnic forces started the clashes,” said an unidentified military official. An official from Laukkaing district administrative office said the clashes broke out in Konegyan and Mawhtaik. The district administration is cooperating with police and the military to take security measures. The clashes broke out between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the TNLA, KIA and MNDAA, according to TNLA information officer Mai Aik Kyaw. From December 10 to 12 last year, clashes broke out in Kunlon in Northern Shan State. In that incident, 7 military personnel were killed and 20 were wounded, according to a government statement released on December 14, 2014. The clashes broke out while the local Myanmar Army battalion in Laukkaing was carrying out a security patrol, according to reports by state-run media. Some believe the Kokant groups intentionally started the clashes to disrupt efforts to reach a nationwide ceasefire with the government, leaving locals worried that clashes will continue to rage in the area.