Thursday, July 9, 2020

Burma-Myanmar: Clashes in Shan State force over 700 villagers to flee

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More than 700 villagers in Kyaukme Township in northern Shan State fled their homes late last month due to fighting between government troops and the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS). The ethnic armed group allegedly burned a cache of illegal drugs to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

The villagers claimed Myanmar’s military shot and killed a man and injured two others. However, the army said it was unaware of any civilian casualties.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

China: China and India hold military talks and agree to take necessary measures to de-escalate tensions

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday confirmed that Chinese and Indian military commanders held a second meeting on June 22, the first after the Galwan Valley region incident on June 15.

The meeting shows that China and India are willing to resolve differences, handle the situation and de-escalate tension through dialogue and consultation, Zhao said at a press briefing.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Burma-Myanmar: Kachin Independence Army (KIA) warns civilians fighting with Myanmar military could erupt anytime

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The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) warned civilians in northern Shan State’s Kutkai this week that clashes could erupt anytime in the area between the ethnic armed group and the Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw.

Since June 1, the Myanmar military and the KIA have clashed violently in Kutkai five times. The township has also seen clashes between the Myanmar military and a KIA ally, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

North Korea: North Korea threatens to send troops into the demilitarized zone

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The Kim Jong Un regime is threatening to send troops into the demilitarized zone that separates North Korea and South Korea after demolishing the building that served as a diplomatic mission between the rivals. Over the past week, Pyongyang has vented fury about North Korean defectors living in the South who have been flying anti-government leaflets back over the border.

The de-facto embassy building was officially known as the Inter-Korean Liaison Office. It was only established in 2018, standing just north of the heavily-militarized border in the city of Kaesong.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

India: 20 Indian soldiers killed in clashes with China troops in Galwan Valley in Kashmir

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At least 20 Indian Army soldiers have died in clashes with the Chinese forces over Galwan Valley, a disputed region north of Kashmir claimed by both Beijing and New Delhi. Beijing has not confirmed any reports of its casualties.

The Indian Army initially confirmed the death of one officer and two soldiers, but issued an official statement on Tuesday evening adding that the seventeen soldiers who had been critically injured were “exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain” and succumbed to their wounds.

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