Chinese Nationals Caught With Illegal Weapons in Northwest Burma

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Indo-Burmese crossing point at Moreh-Tamu. (Photo: NEFIT)

MANDALAY — Eight Chinese nationals have been detained for questioning at a prison in Monywa, Sagaing Division, after authorities caught them illegally carrying weapons near the Indian border.

The suspects were arrested on Friday in the border town of Tamu while carrying eight pistols, 31 grenades, 1,860 bullets, five walkie-talkies, three combat knives, eight military uniforms, a pair of binoculars, four mobile phones and a map of Burma, according to the government administration office in Tamu.

The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that one of the suspects admitted through a translator that the group had been receiving military training in the Kokang self-administered region, which is located in northern Shan State and shares a border with China’s Yunnan Province.

The suspects were arrested by the police at a checkpoint in Tamu after a 15-minute car chase, the newspaper reported, adding that they had driven off with the car after allegedly killing an officer in Mainekyat, a village in the Kokang region.

“We haven’t been able to confirm yet the reason they came to this area because they each gave different answers to an interpreter,” a spokesman at the Tamu administration office told The Irrawaddy, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“They have been handed over to Sagaing divisional authorities and are currently being detained at Monywa Prison for questioning.”

Three of the suspects came from China’s Sichuan Province, two came from Anhui, and the rest were from Guangxi, Hubei and Buizhou, according to the New Light of Myanmar.

Insurgency groups from India are known to travel through Tamu, and there have been many cases of illegal weapons seizures in recent years. However, local officials told The Irrawaddy that they had never before seized weapons from Chinese nationals in the area.

Local residents said they feared insurgents might increasingly use the border town as a channel for transporting weapons around the region.

“Since Tamu is a border town, we have always been worried about Indian insurgents. Now, again, it’s the Chinese. We just want to live peacefully,” Pu Liang, a shopkeeper, told The Irrawaddy.

4 Responses to Chinese Nationals Caught With Illegal Weapons in Northwest Burma

  1. Chinese Nationals Caught With Illegal Weapons in Northwest Burma; it does not surprise me. The Kokang self-administered region, which is located in northern Shan State and shares a border with China’s Yunnan Province, is a proxy state with in Myanmar and it is time we put China on notice that this is not the South China Sea. Myanmar should put all economic trade and development on hold until China stops its game of Chinese checkers. Respect Myanmar’s territorial sovereignty.
    As for the Chinese Nationals, Myanmar should hold them as a trade off for a later date. The Kokang region should be brought under military administration which can be done by accommodating the Kayin, Shan and the Kachins who are closer to being Burmese than the Kokang Chinese. Let us zero on the real obstruction to Myanmar’s growth and unity by making sure that Kokang is not a Chinese vassal state.

    • Are you sure that Karen, Kachin, and Shan feel more close to the Burmans who commit genocides wherever they go.

      What century is this? Are we in the age of Star Wars where galaxies, instead of nation states, attack each other for resources? Have you ever talked to any of those ethnic groups without intimidating them about their TRUE feelings toward the Burmans?

      Here is a hint: Kachin and Shan would rather learn Chinese instead Burmese.

  2. Myanmar is just a playground to communist China. Myanmar becomes prostitute or concubine to the Chinese.

  3. CIA, at it again. The “pivot towards Asia” includes sponsoring terrorism in the PRC.

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