People carry a large image of President of Wa State, chairman of the United Wa State Party, and commander-in-chief of the United Wa State Army Bao Youxiang during the 30th anniversary of Wa State in Panghsang, also called Pang Kham of autonomous Wa region, north-eastern Myanmar, 17 April 2019. United Wa State Army (UWSA) celebrated the 30th anniversary of Wa State founding in Panghsang, the administrative capital of the Wa independent region. Wa declared itself as an independent State on 17 April 1989. Although the government of Myanmar does not recognize the sovereignty of Wa State, Myanmar military has adopted a ceasefire with the state since 09 May 1989. Wa State has been notorious for drug smuggling in the Golden Triangle of the last 30 years, although it declared its region a drug-free zone in 2005.