China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) warned on 18 May that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will take all necessary measures to safeguard border security and defend the country’s sovereignty following a flare-up of fighting on the country’s southwestern border with Myanmar that resulted in the death of three Chinese nationals.
The statement by the MND in Beijing came after fighting broke out between the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) and insurgent forces on 12 May in the border town of Muse, which is located directly opposite the Chinese city of Ruili.
The day-long clashes, which prompted an immediate call for mutual restraint from the Chinese embassy in Yangon, resulted in 19 people being killed and 29 wounded, and stray rounds and rockets falling inside Chinese territory.
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