Two Buddhists arrested after Muslim shops wrecked in Kachin state

Children walk among debris of damaged buildings following fresh anti-Muslim violence. Photo: AP

Myanmar is in the grip of acute religious tension after a deadly wave of unrest in March that saw monks and Buddhist mobs attack Muslim areas in violence that has edged towards the country's main city, Yangon.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 6:16am

China continues drug clampdown near Kachin rebel headquarters

Kachin Independence Army soldiers guard a post on a hilltop overlooking Laiza, Myanmar, and Nabang, China, Jan. 31, 2013. (Photo: AP)

Yunnan border guards say they have arrested drug smugglers attempting to carry more than 23 kilograms of drugs in the county that borders the makeshift capital of the Kachin Independence Army, the last ethnic guerilla force fighting the civilianized military regime in Myanmar. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Myanmar government and Kachin rebels renew talks

Delegates from Kachin state sit at a street after the end of National League for Democracy party's (NLD) congress in Yangon. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar’s government met Kachin rebels for renewed peace talks in China on Monday, an analyst said, as the rivals seek to resolve a festering ethnic conflict that has undermined reforms.

11 Mar 2013 - 11:11pm

At HKU, students from Myanmar raise awareness of strife at home

Htoi Awng (left) and Mung Don with volunteer Edward Tsoi Mang-hin.

Htoi Awng and two other Kachin students in Hong Kong shared their experience at a fundraising concert for Kachin refugees last week, raising over HK$5,000 for the Relief Action Network charity.

12 Feb 2013 - 3:36pm

Who said it?

Exco chief Lam Woon-kwong

It is useless to criticise us for being slow … since it is our core value to be open to public opinion

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Kachin rebels cautious about peace in Myanmar after talks

Government officials holding talks with representatives of the Kachin Independence Army in the Chinese border town of Ruili on Monday. Photo: AFP

Kachin rebels fighting the government in Myanmar’s far north said on Tuesday that new peace talks held in China were a limited step towards finding a solution to the bitter conflict.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Kachin rebels retreat in Myanmar as government troops close in

Two Kachin fighters look across at Hka Ya mountain from one of their last outposts as the relentless daily bombardments around Laiza by government forces continued two weeks ago. Photo: Steve Tickner

The town of Laiza, nestled inside Myanmar's border with China, used to be known for its nightlife. It was a "little Macau" in which Chinese citizens could escape their country's gambling laws for a flutter at the baccarat tables and perhaps finish the night in a mafia-run brothel.


5 Feb 2013 - 6:06am

Myanmar's military strikes Kachin rebel stronghold, leaving three dead

Medical staff carry a man on a stretcher in Laiza. Photo: AFP

Kachin rebels said yesterday three civilians were killed and six wounded in the first attack by Myanmese government forces on their northern stronghold, as fighting escalates in the country's last active civil war.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:52am

Myanmar army, rebels trade claims over helicopter crash

Kachin rebels display the ammunitions they seized from Myanmar soldiers in Laiza, northern Myanmar, last month. Photo: AP

Myanmar’s state media said on Sunday three army personnel were killed when a helicopter crashed in conflict-torn northern Kachin state, rebutting rebel claims that the aircraft had been shot down.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Suu Kyi says any peace bid up to Myanmar government

Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hand with a party member after a ceremony to mark Myanmar's independence day in Yangon on Friday. Photo: EPA

Myanmar democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday said she would not step in to help end worsening conflict between the army and ethnic Kachin rebels without government approval.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China makes formal complaint to Myanmar over bombing raids

The sign at a border crossing reads "China-Myanmar border - forbidden to cross". Photo: SCMP

China has made a diplomatic complaint to Myanmar after three bombs landed on its territory during air strikes on ethnic minority rebels in Kachin state, causing damage to one house.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:40am

Hundreds join Myanmar peace rally

Participants hold a placard during a march to mark the International Day of Peace in downtown Yangon on Friday. Photo: AP

Hundreds of people gathered in Yangon on Friday calling for an end to the festering conflict between Kachin ethnic minority rebels and Myanmar’s army.

21 Sep 2012 - 1:11pm

US raps China over expulsion of Myanmar refugees

A Kachin refugee boy prays before a meal at a UN refugee camp in northern Myanmar. Photo: EPA

The United States on Thursday criticised China after accusations that it forced thousands of refugees from Myanmar’s Kachin minority back across the border despite ongoing fighting.

31 Aug 2012 - 12:05pm

China deports Myanmar refugees amid fighting, says group

Refugees from Myanmar's Bhamo city live in tents at a rescue camp in the Chinese southwestern border city of Ruili, Yunnan province in this February 9, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has forcibly returned scores of ethnic Kachins who have fled Myanmar because of civil war, putting them at risk of armed violence and abuse by Myanmar's army, a human rights group said on Friday.

24 Aug 2012 - 6:31pm