20,000 refugees flee Myanmar to China
Top politics and current affairs news for March 9, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "The Taliban goes to Beijing.
- China says more than 20,000 from Myanmar seek refuge across border / Reuters
Earlier this week, about 30 people died in a battle between ethnic Chinese fighters and Myanmar government security forces in Kokang, which borders China’s Yunnan Province. The Chinese government has called for calm and says that more than 20,000 people from Kokang have fled to China to escape the ongoing fighting. The South China Morning Post reports that a shell fired in the conflict landed about 100 meters across the border in China, injuring one person.
- Duterte’s defense chief signals Scarborough Shoal is off-limits for Chinese rigs / SCMP
Philippine defense chief Delfin Lorenzana today said that President Rodrigo Duterte had drawn “a red line” on Chinese construction or reclamation of Scarborough Shoal, a disputed reef in the South China Sea that the Chinese call Huangyan Island (黄岩岛 huángyán dǎo). The news is the first sign of trouble after a dramatic warming of the relationship between China and the Philippines that began when Duterte took office in June 2016. In January this year, China and the Philippines announced cooperation programs worth $3.7 billion; in February, Duterte said he would ask China for help fighting pirates in his country’s coastal waters.
- Beijing’s Basic Law stand in oath saga ‘a crushing deadly blow’ – an official says the National People’s Congress interpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law that disqualified the two lawmakers was “very encouraging” and “a blow” to the pro-independence advocates / SCMP
- Zambia on track to host China’s next African railroad / Caixin
- China’s Gezhouba digs in for Pakistan dam / Caixin
- The long road to a simple Party style / China Media Project
- Online video games are the latest casualty of China’s war against Korean businesses / Quartz
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