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Burmese Forces Seize Drugs Near China Border


Burmese state media say security forces have seized drugs, drug-making equipment and weapons near Burma's border with China, where troops recently targeted rebel militias.

Media reports say troops found tens of thousands of stimulant narcotic pills along with weapons during a raid this week in Kokang, a mainly ethnic-Chinese region in Burma's northeastern Shan state. The region is known for drug smuggling.

Burma launched an offensive against the rebel Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army last month, forcing more than 30,000 people to leave their homes and cross into China's southern Yunnan province. Many Burmese refugees have since returned home.

Burma has been pressuring ethnic militia members to give up their arms and become border guards, ahead of the country's national elections set for next year, the first in nearly two decades.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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