Chinese Kachin Protest against Burma’s Kachin War

Chinese ethnic Kachin protesters gathered in Nanbang City in China’s Yunnan Province on Thursday to protest against the war between the Burmese government and Kachin rebels in northern Burma. (Jinghpaw Kasa/Facebook)

Hundreds of Chinese Kachin gathered in a town at Yunnan Province’s border with Burma on Thursday to protest against the war in Kachin State and they called on the Burmese government to end its attacks on the ethnic rebels, online Kachin sources said. Chinese officials confirmed the protests had taken place.

In separate news, China sent troops to its border with Burma’s Kachin State, according to Reuters news agency, which quoted Chinese media on Friday.

On Thursday afternoon, the Chinese Kachin protesters gathered in the center of Nanbang City in Yunnan Province from where they walked to the nearby border crossing with Laiza in Burma’s Kachin State, according to a Chinese Kachin blogger named Xiao Su and other Facebook posts, which showed photos of the protest.

The demonstrators expressed solidarity with their fellow Kachin in Burma and in the photos they could be seen holding up placards that said, “Don’t be upset! We are one!” and “Support our brother and sisters!”

A cease-fire between the Burmese government and Kachin rebels broke down 18 months ago and 100,000 Kachin villagers in Burma have been displaced by the fighting since. China has sealed off its border with Burma to prevent Kachin refugees from crossing into its territory.

Last month, fighting between the government and ethnic rebels greatly intensified, as Burma’s military launched airstrikes at Kachin rebel positions near their headquarters in Laiza.

The Kachin in Yunnan Province had come out to protests on the day of the annual Manua cultural festival, which this year has reportedly been cancelled because of the conflict in Kachin State.

The Kachin blogs claimed that as many as 1,000 protesters had gathered in Nanbang City and noted that overseas Kachin across the world were protesting against the war. The Chinese Kachin protesters demand that China pressures the Burmese government into ending its offensive against the ethnic rebels, according to the blogs

Chinese officials confirmed that the protests in Nanbang City had taken placed but refused to provide further details. “We don’t know the exact number of protesters,” a policeman at Nanbang City police office said by telephone, before hanging up.

“We just got the information this morning. We cannot comment at this time,” said an official at the foreign affairs department of Dehong State, Yunnan Province.

The Kachin, called Jingpo in China, are among 56 ethnic groups that are officially recognized by the Chinese government. According to official statistics from 2000, 132,158 Kachin live in southern China, mostly in Yunnan Province.

In a separate development, news agency Reuters on Friday reported that China has sent soldiers to its border with Burma. It quoted Chinese newspaper The Global Times, which said Chinese troops were sent to Yunnan Province’s border with Kachin State “to understand the situation.”

“On the night of the 9th, there was shelling in Kachin, and residents of the unstable area quickly ran inside the Chinese border to pass the night in peace,” Reuters quoted from the report.

Last week, the Burmese military had fired stray mortar shells into Chinese territory, prompting a reaction from the Chinese foreign affairs ministry.

14 Responses to Chinese Kachin Protest against Burma’s Kachin War

  1. Time we all showed solidarity and desire for peace in our land nationwide. Time the military stopped its imperial designs on minorities to suck the life blood out of their homelands.

    If ASSK won’t lift a finger or even utter a word from her lips over such an urgent crisis, she has forfeited her leadership role every ethnic nationality in our country had accorded her. People should realize they can only depend on themselves If we don’t protest like the American people did in the Vietnam War we will regret it when it’s our turn to suffer in the hands of the military once again, once the mask slips. It’s only a matter of time. They are simply going through all this reform business, ASSK happily becoming their ace, to achieve their objective of enriching themselves and growing more powerful than ever.


  2. Like in cruel, basic primitive nature- where the crocodiles fight each other to death with the loser quickly turning into mangled food, like in audience of the noisy “pwe” enjoying the show while Hsinphyumashin killed off the princes and princesses , that nasty tragic history and primal nature is on poignant and obscene display now. (No ticket required!)

    People of Burma waiting the killings hoping for the feast to follow and Aung San Suu Kyi busy diverting the attention of the public with literary award ceremonies and public walkabouts, like the “pwe”s…

    Some will certainly turn into food. Food there will be. But this time only for the Jewish and Fascist visitors who are in the country at this very time. People now watching the show will in time replace the role of the Kachins.

  3. There are hundreds of thousands of Kachin or Jingpo are living along China-Burma border. Burma military may consider that the attack the Kachins is a slap the face of Chinese government.

    • Dear Yebaw
      I do not agree with you. In fact, rich China slap the face of than shwe who did not and does not want to make reasonable payment from his portion for the hydro power project until now. Than shwe replies China that the payment to Kachin should be from the next, next generation of Burma and Burmese governments with huge amount of interest, not from him. China banks are full and surplus of foreign reserve for loan money to Burma even with low or high special interest. China is not in hurry in any Business with than shwe who needs survival or protection for his sins after stepping down.
      As such, Kachin will hate than shwe, ming aung laing, thein sein and DASSK more and more. See the Chinese Kachin ask or request Chinese to help them with the demonstration against than shwe. Rich China has veto card for than shwe’s life. How can than shwe slap the future giant Chinese face after applying logical and common sense. All Kachin will soon become Chinese Kachin in future as it is called “rebound effect” in science. China also knows that than shwe can not win the Kachin people war like American could not win both Vietnam and Korean people wars. China let than shwe in trouble in the angle who can not escape from the persecution by all ethnics as well although than shwe stops the killing of ethnics. Than shwe has no where and no way to go now from the maneuver of China. Wait and see who is the winner in this game , the idiot unwise China or rapist than shwe.

  4. Peking has to be careful if they want to build the Myitsone dam + gas/oil pipeline + railways + Kyaukphyu naval base! They’re in a “quadruple-bind” Who cares about a couple of Jingphaws or Jingpos. China doesn’t even care about Tibetans and Uyghurs! LOL

    • they can cut a deal with rakhines, chins and kachin and screw up the burman ruler. china can create a buffer zone out of the above three states like it created a buffer state in north korea. I don’t think the kachin will refuse such offer. at least the jinbo living in china are not being gunned down.

      • You forgot the Wa (isn’t the USWA a PLA proxy anyway?) and the Kokang (descendants of Ming army soldiers).
        I agree Burma is full of tribal warlords, narco-druglords (remember Lo Hsing Han (Steven Law’s daddy) and Khun Sa?), half-chinese business tycoons and cronies who are dying to become Chinese slaves.
        I say it as an Onge from the Andaman Islands LOL

      • You forgot the Wa (isn’t the USWA a PLA proxy army anyway?) and the Kokang (descendants of Ming army soldiers fleeing from the Qing).
        I agree. Burma is full of tribal ethnic warlords, narco-druglords (remember Lo Hsing han (Steven Law’s daddy) and Khun Sa?), half-chinese business cronies and tycoons all dying to become Chinese slaves for a hand full of Yuan (and some guns!)

        • looks like you can read the words, but can’t comprehend their meaning. if the Wa can live in safety by being the chinese proxy, the Kachin can do the same. their land similarly borders china. the takeaway is that ruthless, blood-thirsty burmen are not the only game in town.

          BTW, your two posts contradict each other. in the first one, you said chinese government does not give a hoot about ethnic brothers across the border. then on the second post, you said the Wa are in chinese’s pockets, and they have free reign over their own land. Meanwhile, burman military is going on a rampage like drunken hyenas in heat in Kachinland.

          Apparently, the Andaman education has not done enough for your intellectual development.

          • Chinese think of these tribal peole on their borders as “primitive” people useful for their hegemonial geo-strategies.
            By the way, I teach a lot of Chinese students where I live and they tell me very openly and naively about how they view Tibetans, Uyghurs etc. Jingpos and Was don’t even show up on their radar! (they don’t know that I am an Onge from the Andaman Islands lol)

          • @ adamonge – again with the ‘I’m a professor at a canadian university’ story? you’ve been telling that story to every internet passer-by unfortunate enough to have bumped into you, including myself, of course. Sigh. don’t you think it’s kind of getting old, and it’s time to come up with a new story? after all, you’ve started to use a new handle. might as well change your pick-up storyline.

  5. You forgot the Wa (isn’t the USWA a PLA proxy army anyway?) and the Kokang (descendants of Ming army soldiers fleeing from the Qing).
    I agree. Burma is full of tribal ethnic warlords, narco-druglords (remember Lo Hsing han (Steven Law’s daddy) and Khun Sa?), half-chinese business cronies and tycoons all dying to become Chinese slaves for a hand full of Yuan (and some guns)

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