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IntelTrends: Burma Report 11-JUN-2010

June 11, 2010

Nuclear Burma and a new ‘axis’?
DVB, 11 Jun

Analysis by Francis Wade. Waning U.S. influence in East Asia has allowed China to rise, and behind it lurks two ‘rogue states’ whose military intentions could tip the geopolitical balance.

Naypyidaw’s Pyongyang Ploy
The Irrawaddy, 10 Jun  (2 page article)

Analysis by Wai Moe. International concern about the Burmese junta’s ambition to acquire nuclear weapons with North Korean assistance continues to grow, as experts, journalists and defectors release a steady stream of information suggesting that Naypyidaw is seeking to become Southeast Asia’s first nuclear-armed state.

First Kachin refugees in Romania mired in problems
Kachin, 10 Jun

The first batch of ethnic Kachin refugees from Burma arriving for resettlement in Romania are mired in problems of communication and insufficient support from authorities, said the refugees.

Shan party members “increasing” to hundreds in Shan State alone
S.H.A.N., 10 Jun

The Shan National Democratic Party (SNDP) has no worry about getting the 1,000 member quota within 90 days as demanded by the Election Commission, as two townships in Shan State North alone has at least three hundred, according to sources from the Sino-Burma border. The said two townships are Namkham and Muse, the towns located opposite China’s Yunnan province. Up to this day, party members in Namkham are about 200 and 120 in Muse, said a source close to the party in Namkham.

Shan Drug Watch: Burma’s 15 year drug effort still missing its targets
S.H.A.N., 09 Jun

Only 10 townships out of the 51 targeted “townships” could claim as poppy free while the rest are still growing poppies, according to Shan Drug Watch’s draft report. Moreover, the 10 “Free” townships were just areas in Shan State and mostly in ethnic ceasefire controlled areas: 6 in United Wa State Army (UWSA), 1 in National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) or Mongla, 2 in Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) aka Kokang and 1 in Panghsai sub-township, Muse township, Burma Army controlled area.

Chinese motorcycles seized on the Sino-Burma border
S.H.A.N., 08 Jun

Police have seized motorcycles smuggled into Shan State North. One smuggler known in Burma as a carrier told Shan Herald Agency For News (S.H.A.N.), more than 100 motorcycles coming from China’s Ziegao were seized between June 4 and 5. Tolajis (farm tractors), motorcycles and other machines from China are openly smuggled through Muse, Loijie and Laiza.

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