After the recent bombing of a village in Yunnan province near the Sino-Burma border, a spokesperson from the Chinese Air Force announced yesterday that a large contingent of fighter planes have been sent to the region.
According to Xinhua, on March 13 a fighter from the Myanmar Air Force bombed a village in the Gengma Dai and Va Autonomous County, killing five and injuring a further eight. Yesterday afternoon the vice-chairperson of China’s Central Military Commission and commander-in-chief of the Myanmar forces discussed the incident via telephone.
Later that day, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force put out a statement saying that a large squad of fighter planes would be dispatched to the region for the purpose of tracking, monitoring and the application of force should aircraft cross over onto the Chinese side of the border again.
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.
Read our original coverage of the incident, including Chinese netizen reactions, here.
By Dominic Jackson
[Images via NetEase // Xinhua]