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Myanmar: China urges restraint to end conflict

By Xinhua

Myanmar: China urges restraint to end conflict
YANGON/BEIJING - China has said its army is on high alert after armed groups in Myanmar attacked military and police posts close to their shared border at the weekend and that it would act to protect its citizens and their property in the area.

China's defence ministry said in a statement on its website it hoped that calmness and restraint would be exercised to prevent further escalation .

"The Chinese army is on high alert and will take the necessary measures to safeguard the country's sovereignty and safety, as well as protect the lives and property of Chinese citizens living along the border," the ministry statement reads.

A fighting between Myanmar govt forces and some ethnic armed groups erupted Sunday near the China-Myanmar border

The Chinese Embassy in Myanmar issued a statement Sunday night, expressing grave concern over the outbreak of conflicts in northern Myanmar.

The statement urged all parties in the conflicts to exercise restraint by taking concrete and effective measures for an immediate ceasefire so as to resume peace in the China-Myanmar border area as soon as possible.

The embassy statement reminded the Chinese citizens in Myanmar to watch out for their own safety by avoiding going to those conflict areas.

Since early Sunday, a fighting between the Myanmar government forces and some domestic ethnic armed groups has been going on in the northern part of the country near the China-Myanmar border.

To escape the conflicts, some Myanmar inhabitants in the border area have fled to the Chinese territory. For humanitarian consideration, the local Chinese government has taken in those who have crossed the border and sent the injured ones to hospitals for medical treatment, the statement said.

The embassy has been watching the situation closely and asked the those who need help to contact the embassy in Yangon or the Consulate-General in Mandalay, according to the statement.

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