China says thousands forced to flee Myanmar fighting

February 17, 2015 8:42 AM

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China says thousands forced to flee Myanmar fighting

BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of people have been forced to flee Myanmar into the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan following fighting between Myanmar's army and insurgents, the Chinese government said, repeating a call for restraint.

The fighting and heavy casualties are a setback for Myanmar's efforts to forge a nationwide ceasefire and end a patchwork of insurgencies that have bedeviled the former Burma since shortly after its independence in 1948.

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