Chinese government reached a deal with many insurgent groups along the China-Burmese border some years ago to supply them with arms. In exchange, insurgent groups need to stop their opium trade because it is feeding organize crime in China.
But in this case, the Type-03 rife are just rubber training gun.
Khun Sa of the Shan Army is also part Chinese. Then there is yet another KMT 93rd div army in the tens of thousands that was pushed out of China into Burma by the Red army. They ended up fighting for the Thai army against the Thai communists. They were then given land to plant tea. Many settled in Thailand.
The North east Burma is lawless controlled by the Shan army, the Wa Army and a drug warlord based across the river in Laos. Even Thai army sneak into Burma without permission to intercept drugs shipments before they reach Thailand. Recently a river boat from China was attacked inside Burma and many killed. The story was so conspiratory with many versions.
Last edited by TheMiddlePath; 05-09-2012 at 12:01 AM.
I wonder if Chinese arms supplies to Burma's insurgent groups were officially sactioned by Beijing?
Sold weapons & technology to Israel, sold armored vehicles/fighters to Egypt and other Arab countries; sold F16CD to Turkey, sold M1A1 to Greece; sold F16CD to Pakistan, sold C17/P-8 to India; sold weapons to TaiWan although decades ago White House confirmed TaiWan is a part of PRC. 80s for supplying Taliban to against USSR, they bought light arms(AK47/RPG copy) from China and sent to Afghanistan freedom fighters ...
Why Beijing can't sell tanks and ships to Myanmar military and sell to Wa army together ? Of course some business was done under the table.
China's Minister of National Defense Gen. Liang Guanglie (2nd L) visits Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, in this May 9, 2012 handout photo. Liang and the rest of the Chinese delegation are in the midst of a tour of several military installations on the East and West Coasts at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
China's Minister of National Defense Gen. Liang Guanglie (L) eats lunch with Brig. Gen. Christopher Owens, the deputy commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, at the Wallace Creek Dining Facility aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolinea, in this May 9, 2012 handout photo. Liang and the rest of the Chinese delegation are in the midst of a tour of several military installations on the East and West Coasts at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
Here they visited U.S Marines LAV-25, V-22, AAAV, M777 and playing M16A4 and M249. Specially the V-22 left a deep impression to Chinese guests, i can hear they talked a lot about it. Even after a Chinese General playing M249, he told Gen. Liang M249 better than PLA type95 light machinegun =)
Live video: http://static.dvidshub.net/media/vid...6x274-300k.mp4