Myanmar says 47 soldiers killed in clashes with rebels near China border

February 13, 2015 7:39 AM

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YANGON (Reuters) - Forty-seven Myanmar soldiers have been killed this week in fighting with ethnic minority insurgents near the border with China, the military said in a statement issued on Friday.

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

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