China deploys forces to Myanmar border after bombing in Yunnan province

China Daily Mail

Rebel soldiers patrol near a military base in Kokang, Myanmar. Rebel soldiers patrol near a military base in Kokang, Myanmar.

Beijing sent forces to patrol its southwestern border with Myanmar after a bomb killed four Chinese citizens in an area where violence between Burmese rebel groups and troops has spread and strained ties with China.

On Sunday, Chinese PremierLi Keqiang expressed Beijing’s dismay at the fighting that has sent hundreds fleeing across China’s border. Mr. Li called Friday’s bombing “deeply distressing” and said China would take measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens living near the area.

“We have the responsibility and the capacity to firmly safeguard stability in the border areas between the two countries and protect the life and property of our people,” Mr. Li said during a nationally televised news conference.

A Myanmar official from the president’s office said over the weekend that Myanmar’s armed forces weren’t responsible for the bomb and blamed the rebels…

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