Trade with China yet to resume after ceasefire in northern Shan State

Traders are being forced to give up their businesses or find alternative routes to China through Mongla in eastern Shan State, locals say

More than one month after the Brotherhood Alliance of ethnic armed organisations agreed to a temporary ceasefire with the Myanmar military in northern Shan State, border trade with neighbouring China has not restarted, according to local sources. 

Cross-border commerce came to a standstill after the ethnic Kokang Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), and the Arakan Army launched an offensive against the junta in the region in late October 2023, dubbed Operation 1027, and lasting through the end of the year. 

On January 11, the MNDAA and TNLA agreed to a China-brokered ceasefire with the junta in northern Shan State, and launched their administration in towns under their control.

During Operation 1027, the ethnic armed organisations seized strategic trade sites, such as Muse’s 105-Mile trade zone, and the border gates at the town of Chin Shwe Haw. . .

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