SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s navy will start “fight coaching actions” from Saturday on its facet of the border with Myanmar, it mentioned on social media, a day after a convoy of vans carrying items into the neighbouring Southeast Asian nation went up in flames.
The incident, which Myanmar state media referred to as an rebel assault, got here amid insecurity issues in China, whose envoy met high officers in Myanmar’s capital for talks on border stability after latest indicators of uncommon pressure of their ties.
The coaching goals to “take a look at the speedy maneuverability, border sealing and hearth strike capabilities of theatre troops,” the Southern Theatre Command, one among 5 in China’s Individuals’s Liberation Military, mentioned on the WeChat messaging app.
The temporary assertion gave no particulars of timing or numbers of troops.
Friday’s hearth within the city of Muse got here as Myanmar’s navy has misplaced management of a number of cities and navy outposts within the northeast and elsewhere because it battles the most important co-ordinated offensive it has confronted since seizing energy in a 2021 coup.
The surge in combating has displaced greater than 2 million individuals in Myanmar, the United Nations says.
(Reporting by Casey Corridor; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez)