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Tensions Rise Between Myanmar, China After Deadly Air Raid

Tensions Rise Between Myanmar, China After Deadly Air Raid

BEIJING—

Tensions between China and Myanmar are running high after Beijing accused Myanmar military aircraft of dropping a bomb in Chinese territory, killing four sugarcane farmers and wounding nine others.

China said the Myanmar military was to blame, but the Myanmar government said no bombs from its aircraft have fallen in Chinese territory. Myanmar argued that ethnic rebels it was fighting in the north may have fired into China to create a misunderstanding. Rebel fighters did not have any aircraft.

Earlier in the week, China called on Myanmar to “lower the temperature” along the Chinese border in southern Yunnan province where the fighting has been going on for more than a month, causing tens of thousands to flee into China.

A top military official in China, General Fan Changlong, said Saturday that Beijing would take “decisive measures” if Myanmar did not take steps to keep its fight with ethnic rebels in the north from spilling into Chinese territory.

Cross-border clashes

According to state media reports, the fighting between Kokang ethnic rebels and Myanmar forces has crossed the border at least four times in recent days. In another incident a house was flattened by a stray shell from Myanmar.

On Sunday, Premier Li Keqiang called the incident “deeply distressing” and expressed his condolences to the families of those who were killed in the air raid. Li also said China was prepared to protect its territory.

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