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Inteltrends: Burma Report 21-DEC-2010

December 21, 2010

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Burma Army Deploys More Troops in Shan State
The Irrawaddy, 21 Dec 2010
The Burmese army has deployed an additional 500 troops in southern Shan State with the reported aim of cutting communications between two brigades of the Shan State Army-North.

A Vietnam Syndrome for Burma?
The Irrawaddy, 21 Dec 2010
With Vietnam’s economic growth spurred by a normalization of relations with the U.S., which is the country’s second biggest trade partner after China, U.S. Sen. Jim Webb hinted that the removal of sanctions on the Burmese junta could, in his view, help revitalize the Burmese economy, noting “that one of his friends had closed his business in Burma because of sanctions, putting people out of work. Burma’s citizens could have a better life if relations (between Burma and the U.S.) were better.”

Naypyidaw hotels extend capacity for March gem fair
Mizzima, 21 Dec 2010
Naypyidaw hotels are planning further expansion to meet demand in March for a gem fair scheduled to be held in the junta’s secluded capital as unfinished properties are being rushed towards completion, hoteliers claim. Gem traders in Burma, one of the world’s biggest producers of precious stones, took in a record US$1.44 billion at a 13-day exhibition last month, an official told Reuters early this month. “These are the highest proceeds from a single sale of jade, gems and pearls since 1964,” he said.

Junta lifts closure of border checkpoint to Mongla
S.H.A.N., 21 Dec 2010
Taping, a border checkpoint between the ceasefire group National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA)’s main base Mongla and Burma Army controlled Kengtung in Shan State East, which had been closed for almost three weeks, is reopened for all trade, local sources reported. “But the junta gave no explanation why they lifted it [the closure]. To date we don’t know exactly why they had closed and why they have reopened,” an NDAA officer said.

Junta army, SSA ‘North’ at it again
S.H.A.N., 20 Dec 2010
Another round of shooting between a Burma Army unit under the control of Shan State South’s Mongnawng-based Military Operations Command (MOC) #2 and fighters from First Brigade of Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ that refused Naypyitaw’s order to disarm broke out on Saturday, 18 December, according to local sources.

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