Commander-in-Chief: no artillery shells by Tatmadaw landed on Chinese territory

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing holds talks with Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Yang Houlan.—Myawady
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing holds talks with Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Yang Houlan.—Myawady

Nay Pyi Taw, 18 May—Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing denied accusations that artillery shells fired by Myanmar forces fell onto Chinese territory on May 14 and 15.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Yang Houlan and explained the incidents by using a map that shows positions of the military and the insurgents of the MNDAA, the targets of government troops, and the distance of Chinese villages in Yunnan province from Myanmar troops.
The Commander-in-Chief said Myanmar troops informed military relations officer in Lincang military region about artillery shells fired from the Point 2071 hill held by the MNDAA in the night of May 14 and in the morning of 15 May. He said that  the Myanmar military was not involved in the alleged firing of 40 artillery shells onto Chinese territory the same night and agreed that the incident should be investigated.
Mr Yang Houlan said the Chinese government wants to avoid border tensions between the two countries and that MNDAA forces are disturbing the two neighbouring countries.
He also said news spread on social media is putting pressure on their government, calling for prevention of further incidents at the border.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing insisted the MNDAA group is spreading rumours to both Chinese and Myanmar news agencies, and urged the Chinese government not to allow passage to MNDAA troops.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Vice-Senior General Soe Win and senior military officials, while the Chinese ambassador was accompanied by Senior Colonel Wang Jinbo of the Chinese military attaché in Myanmar.—Myawady

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