After straying over into the Chinese side of the border, a fighter from the Myanmar Air Force dropped its payload over a village in Yunnan, killing four and injuring a further nine.
According to the Global Times, yesterday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m. a fighter plane engaged in counter insurgency operations in the north of Myanmar flew into Yunnan and dropped a bomb, which landed in Gengma Dai and Va Autonomous County. Four farmers were killed and a further nine civilians were injured.
Following the incident the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassador from Myanmar to protest the incident, demanding that the country conduct a thorough investigation into the bombing and severely punish the culprit responsible.
Netizens soon took to the internet to voice their indignation at the incident and the seemly feeble Chinese military, with one Weibo user @Cxsviva disparing “This brings so much humiliation to our country, we have such a powerless government.” Another named @城仔stzany asked “Is our national defense expenditure just being used to buy Maotai?”
The latest bombing is only the most recent of several incursions by the Myanmar Air Force over the Sino-Burma border. On March 12 a fighter crossed the border into China and dropped two bombs before crashing. On this occasion no-one was hurt and the wreckage of the jet was later found by Chinese farmers.
Earlier on March 8 during a firefight near the border, gunfire from a clash between security forces and insurgents peppered the house of a Chinese villager. While the house was badly damaged, fortunately it was empty at the time.
The north of Myanmar has been gripped by conflict for several decades, with Chinese living in the border region occasionally suffering the consequences. In 2013 artillery shells originally aimed at separatists ended up raining down over southern Yunnan.
In the following video, villagers in Yunnan catch sight of Myanmar fighter planes crossing into Chinese airspace on March 11: