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24 Mar 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 19-25 March 2017 and includes updates on influenza, Legionnaires' disease and rubella.

24 Mar 2017 description

The conflict between Burmese government forces and Kokang rebels intensified in the Laogai area yesterday.

According to a TV report on China’s Nansan News, the road between Nansan (Nansanzhen) and Mengdui (Mengduixiang) in China was closed after artillery shells landed nearby.

“Many shells landed. They were fired across the border and landed about two miles inside Chinese territory,” a local said when interviewed by the TV station.

23 Mar 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s military commander-in-chief on Tuesday summoned China’s ambassador to Myanmar to discuss the volatile situation along the border area in northern Shan state where Myanmar ethnic rebels are battling government forces, in a bid to relax relations with the neighboring country strained by the hostilities.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told Ambassador Hong Liang in the capital Naypyidaw that both countries must cooperate to create peace and stability in the border areas, according to an announcement by the commander-in-chief’s office.

23 Mar 2017 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) -- A group of 60 teachers from South Sudan started a training program in Beijing Friday under the China-South Sudan education cooperation project.

The teachers are mainly from primary and middle schools, and will be taught by specialists from UNESCO and Beijing Normal University. The program includes classroom teaching, discussions and leadership capabilities.

The education cooperation project's main sponsor is the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

22 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Manipadma Jena

This story is part of IPS coverage of World Water Day, observed on March 22.

NEW DELHI, Mar 21 2017 (IPS) - In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars.

Prolonged water scarcity might lead to security situations that are more nuanced, giving rise to a complex set of cascading but unpredictable consequences, with communities and nations reacting in ways that we have not seen in the past because climate change will alter the reliability of current water management systems and infrastructure, say experts.

22 Mar 2017 description

More than 30,000 people have fled Burma’s restive Kokang autonomous zone in the aftermath of an attack by the region’s dominant ethnic armed group on the administrative capital Laogai earlier this month, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Of that total, over 20,000 have crossed the border into neighbouring China’s Yunnan province, with the rest either internally displaced to other locations in Shan State or part of a contingent of more than 10,000 migrant workers that have left Kokang to return to homes elsewhere in Burma.

19 Mar 2017 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters affected 1.15 million people in China in February, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Tuesday.

Natural disasters led to economic losses worth 480 million yuan (69.4 million U.S. dollars) and over 100 people were relocated, the ministry said.

In February natural disasters included freezing weather, snowstorms and drought, as well as earthquakes, landslides, and forest fires.

Over 2,000 houses were damaged and 76,300 hectares of crops affected.

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19 Mar 2017 description
report Xinhua

XINING, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Persistent snow is disrupting the lives of more than 2,200 farmers and nomads in northwest China's Qinghai Province, blocking traffic and starving livestock, local authorities said Wednesday.

Eight townships in three counties, including Xunhua county, have been worst hit by the snow lingering in the region since Friday, according to the provincial civil affairs department.

17 Mar 2017 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 12-18 March 2017 and includes updates on cholera, measles and Legionnaires disease.

16 Mar 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Ethnic armed groups fighting the Myanmar army in the country’s volatile northern states met with a Chinese special envoy on Wednesday to discuss stopping deadly clashes along the border that have forced tens of thousands of Myanmar residents to flee to China.

13 Mar 2017 description

Aid workers and those displaced express fears of more violent and protracted conflict than previous flare-up in Kokang region in early 2015

By James Pomfret

NANSAN, China, March 13 (Reuters) - Within earshot of mortar fire echoing from beyond a ring of hills, a sprawling relief camp in Southwestern China is swelling steadily after fighting erupted last week between a rebel ethnic army in Myanmar and government troops just across the border.

10 Mar 2017 description
report Redhum

A partir de un proyecto elaborado por el SINAE y en el marco de un convenio entre el Ministerio de Defensa y la República Popular China, recientemente se realizó la entrega de la primera parte de una importante donación de materiales para atender emergencias.

10 Mar 2017 description
report Mizzima News

By Yitsing Wang

The escalation of a long-running conflict between Myanmar army and a Chinese-speaking ethnic armed group in Northern Shan State is affecting people on both sides of the border.

Fighting between Kokang rebels - the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and Myanmar troops in Laukkai, a region on Myanmar's border with China, has killed at least 30 people and caused new flows of refugees to flee across the border into China’s Yunnan province.

10 Mar 2017 description

This Special Report examines China’s role and interests in Myanmar’s peace process. Funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and integral to USIP’s Asia Center programming, the report is based on more than eighty interviews with officials in China and representatives from ethnic armed groups in Myanmar

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09 Mar 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Fighting between Kokang rebels and Myanmar troops in Laukkai in northern Shan state has forced a wave of more than 20,000 refugees across the border into China, and another roughly 1,600 residents to seek refuge in the town of Lashio, Myanmar monks and villagers said Wednesday.

“We have settled them in a temporary camp near the Chinese border about a mile from [border] milestone 125,” a Myanmar Buddhist monk named Kathera who resides in China told RFA’s Myanmar Service on Wednesday. “They are being well looked after.”

07 Mar 2017 description

SOMALIA

Cholera incidence has almost doubled since mid-February, to 194 per day. Case fatality rates are four times higher in areas that are inaccessible due to Al Shabaab activitiy, at 7% compared to 1.6%.

In Baidoa, Bay, livestock prices are a quarter of the five-year average, and staple food prices are double those of a year ago.

The prime minister says 110 people have died from cholera and hunger over just two days in early March in Bay region.

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03 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Paul Vrieze

YANGOON, MYANMAR —

Myanmar’s government is meeting with an alliance of ethnic rebel groups this week to try to revive a peace process that has stalled after months of increased fighting in the country’s north.

The violence has evaporated early optimism about Aung San Suu Kyi’s ability to control the army and promote peace. The instability near China’s southern border has prompted it to become directly involved in the peace process.

01 Mar 2017 description

Bujumbura, 28 fév 2017 : La Chine vient d’accorder au Burundi un don de 5.262 tonnes de riz étuvé d’une valeur de 50 millions de yuans (environ 12 milliards de FBu) destinés à soulager la population menacée de faim suite aux changements climatiques.

01 Mar 2017 description

China
As of 31 January 2017, there were 34 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is a little higher than that reported during the same period in 2016 (28 cases) (Figure 1).

27 Feb 2017 description

Improvements in forecasting tropical cyclones and reducing associated hazards to life and property are being discussed at the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee.

The Typhoon Committee session in Yokohama, Japan, will examine the 2016 season with a view to strengthening operational effectiveness and disaster risk reduction in 2017 and beyond.