Northern Shan State

  • Analysis

    As Shan State burns, Myanmar’s dictator frets over China ties

    While the situation on the ground in Shan State looks bad for Min Aung Hlaing, what it says about his regime’s relations with its most important ally is even worse

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  • Myanmar

    TNLA seizes last junta base in northern Shan State town of Namkham

    After overrunning a military camp in a pagoda compound, the Ta’ang ethnic armed organisation is expected to next attack a junta hilltop base just outside of the town

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  • News

    Beijing confirms Chinese casualties in Myanmar clashes

    China has expressed growing concern over the ongoing conflict near its border with northern Shan State

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  • Myanmar

    UN ‘alarmed’ as tens of thousands displaced by Myanmar clashes

    The United Nations expressed concern on Monday about “heavy fighting” between the army and an alliance of ethnic minority groups in northern Myanmar, which has left civilian casualties and displaced more than 30,000 people. “We are alarmed by the heavy fighting, particularly in Shan State in the northern part of the country, with reports of… airstrikes that led to civilian casualties and tens of thousands being newly displaced internally,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general. “Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, since October 26 nearly 33,000 men, women and children have been displaced,” he added. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “reaffirms that civilians should be protected,” he said, also calling for “unimpeded” access to humanitarian aid. Fighting intensified last week in large areas of Shan State, close to the Chinese border. The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), and the Arakan Army (AA) claimed on Saturday to have seized dozens of outposts and four towns, and blocked important trade routes to China. A few days earlier, a junta spokesman had described as “propaganda” claims that armed groups had seized several towns in Shan State. The fighting poses a threat unseen by the army since…

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  • Myanmar

    Myanmar military says it has lost control of strategic town on China border

    The ongoing conflict in northern Shan State has prompted calls from China for an immediate ceasefire

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