Another sign of Chinese’s involvement in Kachin war is that Chinese government which often emphasizes on its sovereignty and territorial integrity has largely been silent on Burmese army’s mortar shells landing in Chinese soil for several times in the past week.
KIO spokeperson Salang Kaba La Nan told Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday that Burmese army jets flew 1 kilometer into China on New Year day near border post no. 6 in Pangwa areas where government’s air force pounded KIA position with fighter jets and helicopters since Dec 28.
Local residents said that they clearly saw Burmese army’s fighters, believed to be China-made Hongdu JL-8 fighter jet, used Chinese airspace to attack on KIA frontline posts near Laja-yang on Dec 28.
On Dec 30, 3 artillery shells fired by Burmese army’s 367th artillery unit based at Hkangkai hill in Dawhpum-yang landed on Nhkum-yang village in Chinese side of the border. On the same day, a mortar shell landed near Na Bang village in Chinese soil during a battle between KIA’s capital security forces and a combined force of Burmese army’s 146th LIR and 317th LIB at Bum Re hill.
A mortar shell fired by Burmese army landed on Chinese soil hitting a temporary house for Chinese border guard troops during a battle between KIA’s Padang sector troops and Burmese army’s 10th LIB under Magway-based 88th LID on Dec 14.
More infantry units and battle tanks from lower Burma have arrived in Kachin state capital Myitkyina and Bhamo by both train and trucks. A source close to Burmese officials say Burmese army has prepared to use as much as 15,000 ground troops to eliminate KIO. A source told KLN that a high ranking Burmese government’s official claimed to root out Kachin Independence Organization as taro roots being removed from the soil.