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Yun Sun quoted in Myanmar Times on the Tatmadaw’s offensive

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That was in 2009. This time threatens to be different – not just in the intensity of fighting that erupted on February 9, possibly involving several rebel ethnic groups, as well as the scale of the refugee exodus and reports of numerous civilian casualties. The use of social media to spread propaganda by all sides also adds a new dimension to the conflict, while the Myanmar government, which has imposed martial law in the area, has rejected calls from the Kokang rebels and China for ceasefire talks.

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Yun Sun, an analyst at the Stimson Center, a Washington think tank, noted that Gam Shawng, the commander of the Kachin Independence Army, had given an interview to China’s Global Times saying it was “no coincidence” that the Tatmadaw’s offensive came while senior officers in the US Defense Department were “secretly” meeting the Tatmadaw in Myitkyina.

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