Myanmar drops more bombs on Yunnan, possibly killing another four Chinese

By Ryan Kilpatrick, May 15, 2015

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Myanmese planes dropped two more bombs on Chinese territory last night, falling on Zhenkang County in Lincang, Yunnan Province at approximately 8:30pm yesterday evening. 

Eight PRC citizens were reportedly injured in the explosions, four of them seriously wounded. These are the official numbers, but news spread online has claimed that these four have already died. 

The bombs fell on what is reportedly a densely populated part of town, and local resident Mr. Yan told The Beijing News that "everyone is scared, no one dares stay at home."

Lincang

Lincang

Myanmar's military previously bombed a Chinese village, killing four Chinese citizens on PRC sovereign territory and injuring another nine in March of this year. The People's Liberation Army Air Force dispatched jets to the border region to “track, monitor, warn and chase away” Myanmar jets after the incident, and Central Military Commission vice chairman Fan Changlong issued a stern warning to Yangoon.

Fan advised Myanmar to "seriously control" its military, which is currently fighting an insurgency by ethnic Han rebels along the border with China. If they fail to do so, Fan warned that the “Chinese military will take resolute measures to protect the safety of Chinese people and their assets.”

Yangoon has accused Beijing of aiding and abetting insurgents, which some PLA officers have indeed been found guilty of. Earlier this month, a senior strategist at the Chinese Academy of Military Science was found to have offered intelligence and leaked state secrets to ethnic Chinese rebels in Myanmar.

After the failed 8888 Uprising in 1988, Myanmar's military dictatorship made a series of concessions to China in exchange for the arms needed to modernize the country's armed forces and crush the student-led movement, while Beijing agreed to cease funding the Communist Party of Burma, which continues to operate insurgent armies along the PRC border.

Ties between the two neighbors have become strained recently, however, as fighting along the border with Yunnan has spiraled out of control. Earlier this year, over 30,000 ethnic Chinese refugees from Myanmar crossed into the southwestern province.

[Image via iFeng, Oriental Daily]

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