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China to Hold Military Drills Along Myanmar Border

01.06.2015 17:35

China's military has announced drills along its volatile border with Myanmar; the drills are to be held later this week near an area where at least five Chinese civilians were earlier killed by stray bombs during fighting between Myanmar's government and ethnic Chinese rebels.

According to the Chinese Defense Ministry, the exercises will include ground and air elements. The ministry didn't announce the number of troops to be involved, time framework of the exercises and kinds of weapons to be used. Myanmar has been informed about the war games, the ministry said.

The exercises are to be held in two counties of Yunnan province of China, which are adjacent to Myanmar's restless Kokang region, where a state of emergency was declared in February 2014. In March it was extended for another 90 days, until August 17.