IN FO­CUS

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS - Photo: EPA

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.

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