Clashes at Myanmar-China border kill at least 30 people


Top politics and current affairs news for March 6, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "New airport in Tibet near disputed border.”

  • 30 dead as intense fighting breaks out in Myanmar-China border town / SCMP
    At least 30 people were killed earlier today after clashes between ethnic rebels and Myanmar security forces broke out in Laukkai, a town in the Chinese-speaking Kokang region on Myanmar’s border with China. The attacks came after Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who became the leader of the National League for Democracy in November 2015, tried to convince a delegation of ethnic armed groups to participate in a major peace conference during a meeting last week. The attacks are some of the worst to break out in Kokang since an incident in 2015 that left dozens dead and resulted in tens of thousands of people fleeing to China.
  • Police detain two men for instigating people to smash Korean cars / (in Chinese)
    In news reminiscent of the anti-Japanese protests of 2012, police in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, have detained two men for posting a call on social media to smash cars made by Korean companies. Three people were arrested for acting on the call. There has been a coordinated blockade of South Korean business in China following Seoul’s decision to deploy the American THAAD missile defense system. There is widespread anti-Korean sentiment online in China: Until recently, a search for South Korea (韩国 Hánguó) on Chinese social media would show mostly postings about Korean pop music, TV dramas, and cosmetic surgery, but today, most of the search results on Weibo (in Chinese) for that country are invective.