Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing stresses a need for a modernised military capable of waging modern warfare in the technological world of the 21st century.
According to a statement from the State Counsellor’s Office, the trainees say they were instructed in martial arts, basic military training, and terrorism tactics.
Locals say Mangpang Militia has threatened to murder residents and forced them to consent to a gold mining operation.
“The mine-clearance talks began with a focus on areas in the vicinity of ethnic armed group outposts,” said the minister.
“Our men were patrolling as usual in the area when the government troops came at us out of the blue, without any warning,” said Col. Sai La.
One of the Burmese student army’s northern branch leaders was arrested on 30 December for allegedly liaising with the outlawed Kachin Independence Organisation.