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By The Irrawaddy 1 April 2021
Several sources on the Chinese border reported that troops were gathering in Jiegao, opposite the Shan State border town of Muse.
Many Chinese soldiers and military trucks have arrived at the border in previous days.
Sources from ethnic armed groups said China was sending a warning signal to Myanmar.
TVBS News in Taiwan reported that Chinese troops are there to protect the natural gas pipeline without suggesting how.
In early March, the Chinese asked Myanmar’s military regime to protect the oil and gas pipelines following the emergence of anti-Chinese sentiment and protesters threatening to blow up the pipelines.
The 800-km twin pipeline project runs from Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State on the Bay of Bengal through Magwe and Mandalay regions and northern Shan State to China.
China has repeatedly insisted that the armed forces’ seizure of power from the democratically elected government is an internal affair, including at the United Nations Security Council and UN Human Rights Council.