Inteltrends: Burma Report 10-DEC-2010
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Burma buys bulk Chinese weaponry
DVB, 10 Dec 2010
Hundreds of military tanks equipped with rocket launching systems developed by China have been offloaded at a Rangoon port owned by a crony of the Burmese junta, eye-witnesses claim. Several ships were seen delivering the cargo, which included 112 tanks, at the Ahlone port in Rangoon over five days between 4 and 8 December. The port is run by Asia World Company whose owner, Stephen Law, is close to the junta.
Ceasefire armed groups “thank” Burma Army for bringing them back to reality
S.H.A.N., 10 Dec 2010
Former allies of the Burma’s ruling military, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), NDAA better known as Mongla group and Shan State Army (SSA) North took opportunity from Mongla’s Shan New Year celebrations (held from 30 November to 7 December) to discuss their future strategies, an informed source said. The groups said without the Burma Army’s BGF [Border Guard Force] program, they would not have woken up from their “Rip Van Winkle” sleep to resume their fight because they had been too busy with their day to day affairs.
Gold, dollar lose lustre as petrol spurts
Mizzima, 10 Dec 2010
The U.S. dollar has seen steady declines to-date this year against the Burmese kyat, currency traders in Rangoon say, as the American currency hit an average low of 885 kyat to the greenback yesterday. Gold prices are also following the dollar down.
[Blogmaster note: What? The U.S. dollar is losing ground to the Burmese kyat? How sad is that.]
New Motor Road Being Constructed by Burmese Army on Western Burma Border
Narinjara, 09 Dec 2010
The Burmese army has been constructing a new motor road on the western Burmese border since November, 2010, but has not declared what the purpose of the road is, said local villagers in the area.
Ethnic Armed Groups Meet at SSA-South Headquarters
The Irrawaddy, 09 Dec 2010
Representatives of two ethnic armed groups traveled to Loi Tai Leng, HQ of the Shan State Army-South (SSA-South), this week to meet with its leader for discussions aimed at expanding a new alliance of ethnic armies opposed to Burma’s ruling regime, according to a source close to the SSA-South. The representatives, from the Karenni National Progressive party (KNPP) and a Lahu armed group, discussed the alliance with SSA-South leader Lt-Gen Yawd Serk during festivities to mark the Shan New Year, the source said on Wednesday.<p[End.]
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