China deploys fighter jets to Myanmar

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BEIJING: China sent fighter jets to patrol its border with Myanmar after a bomb dropped by a Myanmar warplane killed four Chinese in southwestern Yunnan province, state media reported Saturday. The bomb hit a sugarcane field in Lincang city on Friday, killing four workers and injuring nine others, China’s official news agency Xinhua said. It came days after China warned of escalating violence near the border following a surge in ethnic conflict in the remote Kokang region in Myanmar’s northeastern Shan state.

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The People’s Liberation Army Air Force on Friday sent several fighter jets to “track, monitor, warn and chase away” Myanmar military planes flying close to China’s border, air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin summoned the Myanmar ambassador to Beijing, Thit Linn Ohn, on Friday night to protest against the deaths, the agency said.

AFP

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