Myanmar military wins rare praise in war with ethnic Chinese rebels

February 26, 2015 8:58 AM

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Myanmar military wins rare praise in war with ethnic Chinese rebels

YANGON (Reuters) - Fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic Chinese rebels has handed the long-feared military a public relations coup, with an explosion of praise on social media and even former political prisoners expressing grudging support.

Fighting erupted on Feb. 9 in the Kokang region of northeast Myanmar, on the border with China, between government forces and ethnic Chinese rebels called the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA).

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