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Myanmar Fighting Maps - Refugees from Kokang to Nansan

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Fighting erupted in northeast Myanmar yesterday after days of clashes in which the leader of ethnic forces said more than 30 government troops had been killed. The fighting in Kokang in Myanmar's Shan state, following the deployment of government troops, has sent tens of thousands of people fleeing over the border to the town of Nansan, a town of Zhenkang County, in southwest China's Yunnan province.

Tension started to rise on Aug 7 after Myanmar's government troops sent 30 police officials into a weapons repair factory in Kokang to find out whether the facility was being used to produce drugs, and the Kokang army, which has observed a ceasefire with the national government since 1989, disliked the government's incursion. So, the skirmishes broke out between the Burmese army and the Kokang Army, which is part of an alliance of four ethnic groups called the Myanmar Peace and Democracy Front, on Thursday near the ethnic Kokang area.

Ceasefire Map

The Kokang region bordering Yunnan has a population of about 150,000. It is home to a large number of ethnic Chinese, many of whom are Chinese citizens who own shops or trade in Myanmar.

Location Map of Kokang Region

The conflict area is on the fringe of the drug-producing Golden Triangle region where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. Many of the ethnic armies there have used the drug trade to finance their operations. The Kokang and neighboring Wa regions, both isolated by mountainous terrain and a lack of roads, were traditionally Myanmar's main poppy growing areas.

The clash indicates that the Myanmar government has intensified its efforts to control the Kokang army loyal to Kokang supreme commander Peng Jiasheng. There's division among the Kokang army, and the government wants to take advantage of it so as to ensure a peaceful election of the next year, especially in regions like Kokang.

Kokang Territory & Lashio Location Map

Officials said that the situation would not impact China-Myanmar relations but would hurt local businesses and border trade. More than 10,000 Chinese businessmen and workers earned their living in Kokang, where up to 90 percent of shops are owned by Chinese.

Tourists who have planned any travel around the Nansan area would better the cancel it in order to keep your safty. There is no influnce about Yunnan other tourist destinations, such as the Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan, Dali, etc.


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