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China hopes for Myanmar ceasefire

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China hopes to see a ceasefire between Myanmar government forces and Kachin ethnic minority rebels, it said Monday after fresh fighting broke out near its southern border at the weekend. 

Rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA) 3rd Brigade soldiers stand guard as they secure an area on Hka Ya mountain in Kachin province on January 20, 2013. China hopes to see a ceasefire between Myanmar government forces and Kachin ethnic minority rebels, it said Monday after fresh fighting broke out near its southern border at the weekend.

The clashes came despite President Thein Sein offering peace talks to end Myanmar's last active civil war, which could see large numbers of displaced people fleeing into China if the fighting escalates.

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