The Chinese military will hold a live-fire exercise near its border with Myanmar, state media reported Monday.

The official Xinhua news agency, citing unidentified military sources, said the drill would begin on Tuesday in Yunnan province, but provided no other details, such as what kind of weapons would be used.

The report comes as tensions have flared in the border area as Myanmar battles an insurgency in its northeastern Shan state. The country declared a state of emergency in the Kokang region in February.

Last month local authorities in southwest China said that five people — a Chinese national and four from Myanmar — were injured after two explosive devices hit the area.

In March, a Myanmar warplane dropped a bomb in a sugarcane field, killing five Chinese people and injuring eight others. Beijing responded by sending fighter jets to patrol the border, with Premier Li Keqiang promising to “resolutely” protect citizens.

 

AFP

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