Senior Chinese official visits Myanmar for border security talks as fighting rages in frontier area

In this photo released from the The Military True News Information Team on Oct.30, 2023, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, left, State Administration Council Member and Home Affair Minister, shakes hands with Wang Xiaohong, right, Chinese Minister for public security, during their meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (The Military True News Information Team via AP)In this photo released from the The Military True News Information Team on Oct.

. The groups in the alliance also have good relations with China and have vowed to protect foreign investments such as Chinese-backed projects in territory they control. Fighting between the army and many ethnic minority armed groups, including the alliance members, intensified after the military seized power from the elected government of

The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that towns in Shan state were attacked by the combined forces to affect border trade and transportation. It said rocket attacks by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army killed two children in Namkhan township.

The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army is the fighting arm of Myanmar’s Kokang minority, who are ethnic Chinese. Organized crime groups in the border area carry out online and phone scams employing thousands of people, many tricked into coming from China by fake job offers but who end up working in conditions of near slavery.

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