ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperWorld / Asia-PacificAsia PacificUS & CanadaLatin AmericaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastHigh TableReporters JournalNo links to clashes in Myanmar, China saysBy ZHAO SHENGNAN (China Daily) Updated:2015-02-26 08:09Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallPeople fleeing from Laukkai, the capital of Kokang in Shan State, line up for food at a monastery functioning as a refugee camp in Lashio, Myanmar, February 16, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]China has denied any involvement in recent violence in northern Myanmar, saying on Wednesday it will not allow any organizations or individuals to undermine its relations with its neighbor or stability of the border area.
At a news conference in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei responded to claims that China is associated with a local ethnic militia, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, in Myanmars Kokang region.
The area has been the scene of armed clashes with forces from the Myanmar government.
“China always adheres to the principle of noninterference in other countries internal affairs, and it respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Myanmar,” Hong said.
His remarks echoed a report by Chinese newspaper Global Times on Wednesday, in which the leader of the alliance denied receiving any help from Chinese citizens or mercenaries.
Peng Jiasheng, an ethnic Chinese commander, told the paper that since 2009 the alliance has strictly forbidden Chinese citizens from entering Kokang to join it.
“We will not accept Chinese citizens participating in armed actions, as this is only harmful to us,” Peng said.
Sporadic clashes have broken out between Myanmar government forces and the alliance despite a cease-fire agreement signed in 1989. Heavy fighting began again on Feb 9 in the Kokang region of Myanmars northeastern Shan state.
Song Qingrun, a researcher of Myanmar studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said that China has never backed ethnic forces in combat against the Myanmar government, and that speculation about Chinas role behind the scenes would only undermine mutual trust.
In another development, Hong said companies from China and Cambodia have been studying cooperation on hydroelectricity.
The remarks followed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sens announcement on Tuesday that construction of a mega-dam in southwestern Cambodia will not begin until 2018. China is the largest investor in developing hydro-electric plants in Cambodia, which faces electricity shortages. Some groups have claimed the dam will damage the environment.
Hong said, “We make it a requirement that relevant projects should meet Cambodias laws and regulations on environmental protection.”8.03KRelated StoriesN Myanmar unrest detrimental to Chinese interestsFM: China-Myanmar border not closedMyanmar declares state of emergency in Kokang regionChina offers food, medicine to Myanmar refugeesChina to play constructive role in Myanmar peace processNorthern Myanmar fightings leave 47 troops dead, 73 injuredPhotoUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchEfforts needed for sustainable projects1st Panda cub born in France named Yuan MengFree trade studies agreed on as Li meets with Canadian PM TrudeauChina-JapanChina-USChina-AfricaChina-EuropeLi tells Japanese business leaders its time for bilateral cooperationChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationGroup of lawmakers visit notorious Yasukuni Shrine in JapanJapan can offer experience, expat saysChina-Japan ties seen at dialogue as benefit to regionChina, Japan officials exchange views on security issues at 15th dialogueChinese music finds new foothold in United StatesC919 flies toward air worthinessPolitical leaders: Sino-US relations to growChina vows steps after US launches probe into aluminum tradeGates is added to top-tier Chinese academyYao helps AB InBev fight alcohol abuseAction urged over pollutionUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityChina vows to deepen bilateral ties with new Zimbabwe govtChinese, African parties meet to share wisdom on modernization2nd China-Africa Investment Forum begins in MoroccoLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchPeak performance by Chinese nurse on Scotlands mountains9-month festival of Chinese art, heritage to be staged in Liverpool, UK, next yearChina eyes closer economic, trade cooperation with BelarusPremier calls to enhance trade liberalization and facilitation in SCOPremier: China to advance production capacity with UzbekistanAsia PacificUS & CanadaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastChinese tourists go to South KoreaChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingBelt and Road a great opportunity: Uzbek officialKwaussie wins Australias word of the yearJapan can offer experience, expat saysTrudeau visits Sina WeiboChina, Canada agree to issue joint statement on climate changeDemocrats stand united against GOP tax billUS quits talks on global migration pactTensions triggered over possible moveSino-Canadian bilateral trade ties to deepen furtherMay gets little gasp as EU extends deadline for sufficient progress in Brexit talksRussia banned from Pyeongchang Winter OlympicsGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchBoth first ladies name panda cub Yuan MengLiu Yandong heralds bilateral cooperation in education and researchEthiopian FM urges strengthened Ethiopia-China tiesUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaAction urged over pollutionBelt and Road Initiative to help countries achieve UN goals: officialChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityMorocco king holds historic talks with South African president in AbidjanYemens ex-president Saleh, relatives killed by HouthisTrump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital would raise regional tensionsYemen rattled by raids as clashes spreadSquash a perfect match for girl refugees in JordanSyrian talks in Geneva to continue to Dec 15: UN envoyAll parties in Syria urged to join talksMost PopularHot TopicsEbola virusGaza woeDPRKChina and JapanUkraine crisisIranThai crisisBaby princeFerry disasterWorld CupReporters JournalOrange crops have taken a bruising recently in US, ChinaBetween heaven and earth, artist challenges written wordRaising bi-cultural Chinese youth and restoring the healthy familyHighlightsPremier Li attends Davos forumChinas 2014 diplomacySoft diplomacy scores worldwide…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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