The Irrawaddy’s photographer Myo Min Soe captures life inside the Wa capital of Panghsang, and finds development, order and unyielding Chinese influence.
The development of the Wa capital Panghsang symbolizes the UWSA’s transformation into a force to be reckoned with, militarily and politically.
In the past 2 years the UWSA has acquired a formidable military and become increasingly bold in asserting its claims of statehood.
UWSA Vice Chairman Zhao Guo An said it will not sign the NCA and accused the current government of failing to honor the deal it struck with its predecessor.
Group reportedly disappointed by absence of State Counselor, Army chief at celebration in Panghsang.
Union gov’t to be represented by 8 officials including labor minister, Peace Commission vice chair and President’s Office spokesman; Tatmadaw undecided on whether it will send
Recent reports suggest Myanmar’s largest armed group has been acquiring sophisticated new systems from China.