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China fears refugee influx from new fighting in Burma
Monday Jan 21st, 2013 8:47 AM
Photo: Kachin rebel receives a battlefield injection on Hka Ya mountain, Jan. 20, AFP)
(01-21-2013) After 17 years of cease fire bewteen the rebels of Kachin province and the government of Burma, new fighting erupted in June of 2011. After recent truce, the rebels claim fresh attacks by the military. China has already received more than 10,000 refugees, and fears a mass exodus if fighting continues. AFP reported on Monday:

"Beijing’s vice foreign minister Fu Ying visited Myanmar at the weekend for talks with Thein Sein, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters, saying they “agreed to maintain peace and stability of the border areas between them”.

...The military junta that ruled Myanmar for decades had a close relationship with China, but since taking power in March 2011 the country’s new government has introduced wide-ranging reforms and seen ties with the West improve dramatically.

The recent use of air strikes against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) triggered growing international concern, but the rebels have not announced any ceasefire of their own, saying negotiations should also address their demands for greater political rights."

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