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IntelTrends: Burma Report 08-JUN-2010

June 8, 2010

Nuclear defector’s hometown swarmed with junta agents
S.H.A.N., 08 Jun

Many official looking strangers have been turning up in Shan State North’s Kyaukme Township, hometown of Burma Army missile expert Maj Sai Thein Win, the latest exposer of the Burma ruling military junta’s nuclear ambitions recently, according to local sources…

Civil servants return to Wa region
DVB, 08 Jun

Government education workers withdrawn from the Wa state capital in March this year have reportedly returned to the volatile region as tension appears to be easing between the Wa army and the Burmese government…

Army ‘aiding’ illegal Burma timber trade
DVB, 07 Jun

Up to 15 trucks laden with illegally logged timber are being smuggled from northern Burma through army checkpoints into China every day, locals in Kachin state have said. A resident of Bhamo, close to the Chinese border, told DVB that army units along the trade route have been “collecting a toll” from the 10 to 15 military trucks that daily carry the timber, often from Ruili in Shan state. He added that the Chinese were paying money and forcing local army, police, and forestry officials units to Burma to work for them…

Junta spies nabbed by Wa
S.H.A.N., 07 Jun

Two policemen suspected as spies for military junta officials were arrested by Wa authorities last week in Mongphen in the United Wa State Army (UWSA) territory, according to local sources in Mongphen, on the Sino-Burma border…

Burma’s Deputy Defense Minister Skips Security Summit
The Irrawaddy, 05 Jun

Burmese Deputy Defense Minister Maj-Gen Aye Myint was absent from the 9th annual Shangri La Dialogue, an Asia-Pacific security summit held in Singapore on June 4-6…

China plundering natural resources in Burma
Kachin, 05 Jun

Logging and rampant mining in northern Burma by China for over two decades has led to widespread deforestation, pollution of rivers and land with Mercury used in gold mining…

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