Observers think the Arakan Army has been asking the United Wa State Army for arms, especially anti-aircraft weapons, to deter repeated Myanmar junta airstrikes.
The United Wa State Army, which controls extensive territory in eastern Myanmar’s Shan State, has promoted younger men to senior positions.
The United Wa State Party has full control over its territory on the Chinese border but gaining full statehood might be challenging.
The United Wa State Army and Restoration Council of Shan State reportedly clashed this week as groups in the state fight over territory.
The United Wa State Army has deployed hundreds of soldiers to southern Shan State, raising fears that it will clash with the rival Restoration Council of Shan State.