(Bloomberg) -- Myanmar’s ruling junta said China is helping broker discussions with an alliance of rebel groups that has ramped up attacks along the border in recent months.
Junta officials talked with senior officials from the rebel groups “with the help of China in order to be able to solve this politically,” Myanmar government spokesman Major General Zaw Min Tun said on state broadcaster MRTV on Monday.
“Following the improvement from these talks, we will have another discussion by the end of this month,” he added, without saying when and where the talks were held.
China Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said her nation was “pleased that various parties in northern Myanmar had peace talks and produced positive outcomes.”
“We would like to continue providing support and facilitation to that end,” she added at the regular press briefing in Beijing.
The alliance of rebel groups launched an offensive on Oct. 27 and has claimed it seized small towns, including a trade hub on the border with China. Beijing has repeatedly called for a halt to the fighting. The conflict highlights the challenges that Myanmar’s junta faces controlling the country nearly three years after a coup.
See: China Urges Myanmar Cease-fire as Rebels Take Key Border Outpost
The rebels’ Three Brotherhood Alliance has said one of its objectives is to shut down cyber scams operating in the region. State-run China Daily reported Beijing recently issued arrest warrants for 10 leaders of telecom fraud operations in the Kokang self-administered zone in Shan State.
Also: How Myanmar’s Military Has Hung On Despite Sanctions: QuickTake
On Dec. 6. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Myanmar Deputy Prime Minister Than Swe in Beijing, calling for stepping up law enforcement to deal with online gambling and fraud. China’s Ministry of Public Security last month announced that Myanmar transferred more than 31,000 suspects involved in scams to China since September.
(Updates with comment from China’s Foreign Ministry.)
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