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Thein Sein meets Chinese Foreign Minister in Beijing; Regime charges eleven rice retailers and merchants

Thein Sein meets Chinese Foreign Minister 

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Beijing is willing to work with Naypyidaw to promote a shared future between the neighboring countries during a meeting with former President Thein Sein in Beijing on Saturday. 

“China is willing to work with Myanmar to make new efforts to implement the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and promote the building of a China-Myanmar community with a shared future,” he said. 

A delegation led by former President Thein Sein attended the 70th Anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence conference from June 27-30. Thein Sein, 79, served as president of Burma from 2011-2016. He is a retired military general. This is reportedly his first trip to China since the 2021 military coup.

Regime leader Min Aung Hlaing has not been invited to Beijing since the coup. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence conference on June 28.

Regime charges eleven rice retailers and merchants 

The regime stated on Sunday that police had arrested Myo Thant, the director of One Stop Mart, Phyo Min Kyaw, the chief executive officer of City Mart Holding Company, Maung Maung Win, the director of Sein Gay Har Company, along with Japanese national Hiroshi Kasamatsu, the director of Aeon Orange Supermarket.

They were charged under Section 5 of the Essential Supplies and Services Law for selling rice at a higher price than was set by the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF). Fifty-three shopping centers and stores in Yangon were inspected and prices of rice were allegedly 20 to 70 percent higher than the price set by the MRF. 

The punishment for violating the law is a minimum of six-months to a maximum of three years in prison, or a fine of not more than 500,000 kyat ($153 USD). Seven other rice merchants were charged and 24 businesses will face fines after 102 rice warehouses, 25 ricemills, and seven shops were inspected. The regime claimed that it has inspected a total of 58 rice merchants since June 17.

Thai authorities discover illegal internet cables into Myawaddy

Thai authorities discovered and seized illegal internet cables running across the Thai-Burma border, from an orchard in Phop Phra district of Tak Province to Phlu village, south of Myawaddy in Karen State, on Friday.

A source close to the Thai military said that the cables were allegedly being used to provide an internet connection to cyber scam compounds based across the border in Karen State.  

No arrests have been made but Thai officials have been conducting field inspections since May 15 to tackle criminal syndicates involved in cyber scams, drug trafficking, gambling, and other illicit activities along the Thai-Burma border. 

News by Region 

A residential area of the Kachin State capital Myitkyina was flooded on June 30. (Credit: CJ)

KACHIN—Some Myitkyina residents were evacuated due to flooding after the water levels in the Irrawaddy River reached a critical level on Sunday. “The water has been rising so fast since Saturday. People from the low-lying areas were evacuated. The water level was up to our waists by the afternoon,” said a resident of Myitkyina’s Rampu ward. 

The water levels in the Irrawaddy River reached a critical point of 1,200 centimeters on Sunday. The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology estimated that the water level may reach 1,182 centimeters in the next 24 hours. Local media reported that many civilians are still trapped in their homes and are requesting assistance 

CHINLAND—Around 700 people in Kanpetlet Township have had seasonal flu since the end of May. “Medical team visited immediately and provided treatments although they did not have enough medicines [to treat all],” said a healthcare worker. There is a lack of doctors in Kanpetlet Township, according to the administration. 

MANDALAY—Three people were killed and three others were injured when an artillery shell landed on a civilian vehicle with Mogok residents driving to Mandalay on Sunday. “As it was too early, the gate wouldn’t let them pass. There was an attack and killed three civilians,” said a Mogok resident. 

Nearly 1,000 Mogok residents have fled their homes and have become Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) since fighting between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the military began June 27. MPT mobile and internet services are unavailable in Mogok. Atom and Ooredoo are reportedly still working. 

SHAN—An unknown number of Kyaukme Township residents were injured by an airstrike on Sunday. “Some homes were destroyed in the fire,” said a Kyaukme resident. Fighting continued on Monday as the TNLA attacked the military’s Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 501 and 502. Residents reported that nearly 50 civilians have been killed from June 25-30. 

Kyaukme residents sheltering inside a monastery in northern Shan State. (Credit: SHAN News)

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