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news - Burma Ethnic Offensive Tests Vital China Ties

september 1st, 2009

"Burma's assault on rebel militias on its remote border appears aimed at herding them into next year's election process, even if it comes at the cost of vital ties with its powerful northern neighbor, China.

Burma's military incursion into northeastern Shan State shattered a 20-year ceasefire with rebel armies on its border with China and could trigger the protracted instability that Beijing, the junta's strongest friend, has long feared.


A prolonged conflict that forces more refugees to flee to China would show that the junta is intent on controlling the rebellious region, despite any fallout with China, analysts said."

MORE: "Burma ethnic offensive tests vital China ties" (Reuters)


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