China hosts peace talks for Myanmar and Rebels

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Peace talks between the Myanmar government and ethnic Kachin rebels by China Monday. The meeting ended without any commitments to end the fighting, The New York Times reported.
Civilians near the Chinese border in north Myanmar have been displaced and the fighting has left at least several hundred soldiers dead, The New York Times reported.
China is concerned because shells have landed on its territory at least twice. China is also concerned because Myanmar is the site of many Chinese hydroelectric projects, The New York Times reported.
Both sides have said that will not attack the other unless attacked. The Kachin Independence Organization's statement Friday said their forces would start military activities if the Myanmar government stops their offensives, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Myanmar's president Thein Sein made a national radio broadcast Friday stressing for stability and national unity and said that the peace talks had reached a "delicate and sensitive stage," The Wall Street Journal reported.
After a 17-year cease-fire, conflict resumed in late 2011 because Kachin rebels demanded more self-governance, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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