Inteltrends: Burma Report 23-SEP-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
China will maintain friendship with both junta, ethnic groups
S.H.A.N., 23 Sep 2010
So far China has yet to neglect ceasefire groups that are based along its southwestern border because they are like the fence of its country. As such she therefore will maintain her friendly relations with both the ruling junta and the ceasefire groups, according to Chinese security officials and border watchers from the Sino-Burma border. “Up to date, our policy on ceasefire groups is unchanged. We will try our utmost to preserve our friendship with both the military junta and the ceasefire groups,” a Chinese officer told SHAN. “Looking back to several instances that took place in the past between the Burma Army and China, we can say that the junta has shown itself to be far from being trustworthy,” he said.
Troops bolstered in Kachin as border regions flare
DVB, 23 Sep 2010
Burmese troops are being sent en masse to the country’s northern Kachin state as tensions rise with an ethnic Kachin army, one of a number in Burma to have rejected approaches by the junta. Locals in Kachin state’s Moe Hnyin and Hpakant towns, close to Kachin Independence Army (KIA) outposts, said that residents were being forced to build accommodation for extra troops.
KIO Wants Hong Kong Status
The Irrawaddy, 22 Sep 2010
Some of Burma’s armed ethnic groups are seeking the support of the Chinese government in a bid to gain self-autonomy in their regions, a leading think tank disclosed on Tuesday.
Militia leaders into drug trade told to make quick buck before polls
Kachin, 22 Sep 2010
A senior Burmese Army official has advised three infamous militia drug leaders patronized by the junta in Burma’s Shan State to make quick money from drug trafficking before the country goes to the polls on November 7, sources close to the militias said. The militia leaders were summoned in July by Maj-Gen Aung Than Htut, former commander of Northeastern Regional Command based in Lashio, Northern Shan State. The local militia leaders into drug trade – Yang Goi Ta of Tamungnye Militia in Kutkai Township, U Yang Lin of Shauhaw-Lunghtan Militia in Kutkai Township, and U Kyaw Myint of Panse Militia in Nam Hkam Township responded with alacrity to the call of commander Maj-Gen Aung Than Htut, said the sources.
New Internet Cafes Open in Arakan
Narinjara, 22 Sep 2010
Private internet cafes have opened in some townships in Arakan State recently, despite that the military government does not want to encourage the development of internet access in the state, said a youth from Sittwe.
Kachin trade, gold mines wind down as war looms
Mizzima, 21 Sep 2010
The main ethnic political organisation in Kachin State has ordered gold mines in areas under its control in the north of the state to halt production, miners said. The closures come amid rising pressure exerted by the junta army’s Northern Command on the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), which has refused to accept the junta’s “offer” of bringing its armed wing under Burmese Army control within its Border Guard Force (BGF). The ethnic Kachin group signed a ceasefire deal with the junta in 1994.
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