Burma’s President Thein Sein has vowed “not to lose an inch” of territory in clashes with Kokang and Palaung ethnic rebels, state media announced on Tuesday. Meanwhile, reinforcements from Mandalay and other military command centres have arrived in Laogai and have joined the Northeast Command troops, who patrol the deserted streets by day, and impose checkpoints around the town.

PHOTOS: Burmese troops patrol 'ghost town' Laogai

Burma’s president vows “not to lose an inch” of territory in clashes with ethnic rebels; meanwhile Burmese soldiers patrol the deserted streets of Laogai.