China increases troops in Yunnan

Shortly before 2 p.m., the People’s Republic of China announced an increase in their troop numbers in its Yunnan province.

China had announced earlier on Friday that the country was “deeply concerned” with the current conflict.

According to a 1 p.m. release, Chinese authorities “believe(s) it is in the interest of all involved to restore stability and order in the country.”

“A chaotic and unstable Myanmar is not in the interest of anyone,” the release added.

The United States announced shortly afterward that it looks forward to “building on its strategic partnership with China as the two great powers search for a solution to Burmese crisis.”

“The United States comes as a peaceful participant to ensure smooth facilitation toward Burmese unity,” wrote US Ambassador to Burma, Eliza Siordia. “We view China as a valued partner in the stabilization of Southeast Asia. The United States desires to see a result that will leave the region and state of Burma better off than it is today. We will pursue and support measures that are in the best interest of Burma.”

In October, the People’s Republic of China issued a statement condemning the United States for meddling in the affairs of a sovereign state. At 1 p.m. on Friday, they advised that “all parties, external and internal, should exercise restraint during this time of turmoil.”

Thailand also expressed support for government efforts to restore peace in Myanmar.

The Indian government expressed concern shortly after 2 p.m. about the escalation of the situation.

“India understands the challenges of addressing minority and ethnic issues,” the release read. “India again stresses its commitment to peace and security in the region both immediately and in the long-term.”

The Yunnan province is located in the central southern region of the country.

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