Myanmar armed groups occupy China-Myanmar border crossing

Myanmar armed groups occupy China-Myanmar border crossing

Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups have seized control of a lucrative border crossing to China from the country’s ruling regime, local media and security sources reported on Sunday.

Clashes have escalated across Myanmar’s northern Shan state, near the Chinese border, after an armed alliance of three ethnic minorities launched an attack on the military in October.

The group has seized dozens of military bases and towns important to trade with China, blocking trade routes for the cash-strapped junta.

The Khin San Kyawt border gate was captured in an attack by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), one of three allied groups, local media affiliated with the group reported.

“The MNDAA also reported this morning that it had seized another border trade gate called Kiin San Chot in Mongko area of ​​Muse district,” Kokan News reported on Sunday.

The newspaper added that an alliance including the Arakan Army (AA) and the Ta’an National Liberation Army (TNLA) captured another position in the border trade zone after the offensive began on Friday.

A security source told AFP that the MNDAA had raised its flag at the Kyinsanchot border trade zone.

The gate will reopen in 2022 after the pandemic and has become a major trade point along the Myanmar-China border.

Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun told state media earlier this week that about 120 trucks parked near the border post were set ablaze and suspected to be carried out by armed groups.

The escalation in fighting has devastated Myanmar’s already struggling economy, damaging vital cross-border commerce and denying the military much-needed taxes and foreign exchange.

According to local reports, goods passing through the Kinsan Chot crossing include machinery, electrical appliances, agricultural tractors and consumer goods.


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