Representatives from China and powerful armed groups attended the funeral for Peng Jiasheng, who established a gambling and drugs hub along the Chinese border.
The Irrawaddy speaks to David Scott Mathieson, an independent researcher on conflict and peace in Myanmar, about the current crisis and how he sees the future for the country.
The three-member Brotherhood Alliance said the military has committed similar atrocities in their territory for many years.
Regime forces used artillery and aircraft in their unsuccessful attempt to occupy an MNDAA base in northern Shan State.
The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army says it clashed 126 times with the regime during last month and has killed 198 junta troops since July.
The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in Shan State blames the fighting on regime attacks and says the junta has lost 10 times more personnel.