HONG KONG – China’s military will begin live-fire ammunition drills Tuesday near the country’s border with Myanmar, the Chinese defense ministry has said.
The drill will be held in the southwestern province of Yunnan and aircraft will be banned from entering local airspace, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement posted on its website.
Myanmar in April issued an official apology for a bombing that killed at least five farmers in Chinese territory, acknowledging that its air force was responsible for the incident. The March 13 bombing came amid a conflict between Myanmar’s government and rebels from the Kokang minority, made up of ethnic Chinese people in the Southeast Asian nation’s northern Shan State.
Last month, Myanmar defense ministry officials denied claims reported by Chinese media that another five people were injured by artillery shells that crossed the border.
China has notified Myanmar about the planned exercise, according to the statement.