Martial law in Yangon, heavy fighting escalates in east Burma, northeast fighting damages Chinese assets

Despite the revocation of martial law in Yangon, the emergency in Myanmar escalated overnight, as heavy fighting broke out throughout the eastern portions of the country. In the Northeast, rebel fighters inflicted significant losses on Burmese military forces, and destroyed millions of dollars of worth of Chinese property, including oil and gas pipelines and Chinese-owned mining facilities.

In the Southeast, Karen rebels launched a major offensive, driving back the Burmese military from its positions. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have begun to stream across the borders into China and Thailand, overwhelming all existing capacity to provide humanitarian aid.

The public has taken to Weibo and other social media platforms to decry the lack of response by the Chinese and Thai governments to the crisis.

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