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China nets Tibetan activists hiding in Myanmar
Eager to ensure that its image is not sullied before the August Beijing Olympics, China is laving nothing to chance. Suppressing protests in Tibet it has been hounding activists across its borders into Myanmar.
EAGER TO ensure that its image is not sullied before the August Beijing Olympics, China is laving nothing to chance. Suppressing protests in Tibet it has been hounding activists across its borders. Chinese military authorities forced the ceasefire group, the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in Kachin state on the Sino-Burma Myanmar to hand over two key Tibetan activists hiding in Laiza.
 
The two had fled Tibet after the crackdown by Chinese police and the army and sought refuge in Laiza which is an area controlled by the KIO in northern Myanmar which borders China's Yunnan province.
 
The arrests were made on March 31 by the KIO after the Chinese government insisted that they be tracked down. Details of the two activists were provided to the armed ethnic ceasefire group, according to reports in the Myanmar media in exile. The Chinese was hunting the two activists (men), who fled to Laiza from Yunnan province. The two were arrested in Laiza and handed over to the Chinese authorities.
 
Soon after the protests in Tibet's capital Lhasa snowballed out of control, China came down with a heavy hand. Police and soldiers armoured cars patrolled the streets making arrests. Security was tightened in Yunnan province and in Shangri-La, in southwest Yunnan province, media reports said.  Following the unrest in Tibet, security has also been tightened in many parts of China including Jie Gao. Soldiers are patrolling in armoured cars daily. Border checkpoints are being manned.
 
China is averse to any kind of trouble and armed conflicts before the Beijing Olympics. Given the volatile situation in Myanmar where armed rebel groups abound, the Chinese government has been repeatedly cautioning the Myanmar junta to ensure that there is no conflict in the country especially on the Sino-Burma border which is a hotspot for drug trafficking, illegal trade in jade, timber gambling dens and what have you.
 
On Monday senior Chinese and Myanmarese military officials went into a huddle in Laiza, which is also the headquarters of the KIO and its armed wing the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) to discuss security issues on the border with China's Yunnan Province. Ten Chinese military officers led by a high ranking officer from the Baoshan military base in Yunnan Province met 20 Myanmarese army officials led by the deputy military commander of Kachin state.
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