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Magda Hassan
03-14-2015, 04:04 PM

China summons Myanmar diplomat after bomb kills four Beijing demands that Myanmar investigate the bomb that fell on China's territory, killing four Chinese. 14 Mar 2015 11:51 GMT | War & Conflict (http://www.aljazeera.com/topics/categories/war-conflict.html), Politics (http://www.aljazeera.com/topics/categories/politics.html)

Chinese authorities have stepped up security along the country's border with Myanmar and registered a diplomatic protest Saturday after Myanmar government planes dropped a bomb on Chinese territory, killing four, according to local media reports.

The incident took place on Friday, when a Myanmar government MiG-29 fighter jet dropped a bomb on a sugarcane field in China’s Yunnan province, killing four people who were working there, Xinhua reported (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/14/c_134065451.htm). There have been at least three similar incidents of bombs from Myanmar government forces falling in Chinese territory in recent weeks, Radio Free Asia reported (http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/bombs-03122015112650.html) Thursday.
China's Air force spokesman Col. Shen Jinke said warplanes had been dispatched to the border to deter Myanmar’s planes, and added that Beijing would keep a closer eye on the airspace in the coming days, the Associated Press reported (http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/china-condemns-killings-myanmar-bomb-chinese-nationals-29630115).
Liu Zhenmin, China's vice foreign minister, also summoned Myanmar’s ambassador on Friday to register protest. Hong Lei, a foreign ministry spokesman, told (http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/3443/myanmar_accidentally_bombs_china_worsening_tense_r elations) local news site GoKunming that China had been in communication with Myanmar's authorities and demanded a response to the incident.
“Conflicts in the Kokang region in northern Myanmar have been raging on for more than a month, disturbing the stability and normal order of China-Myanmar border areas. China once again urges relevant parties to exercise restraint, calm things down on the ground at an early date, and restore peace and stability in northern Myanmar,” he said.