A Myanmar government soldier stands guard on Balaminhtin bridge over the Irrawaddy River near the city of Myitkyina

A Myanmar government soldier stands guard on Balaminhtin bridge over the Irrawaddy River near the city of Myitkyina

A Myanmar government soldier stands guard on Balaminhtin bridge over the Irrawaddy River near the city of Myitkyina in the north of the country after months of renewed fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army, or KIA, February 22, 2012. Set up in the early 1960s, the KIA is one of the biggest ethnic armed groups that still has not signed a peace agreement with the government. There have been fierce battles between the KIA and government troops since last year while representatives from both sides have been holding peace talks for about six times, including twice in Ruili, a border town in neighbouring China. At the same time, thousands of local people have fled to Chinese border and bigger towns inside the Kachin State to escape the battle.REUTERS/Strinter (MYANMAR - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR2Y9AE

June 3, 2017 2:27 PM (UTC+8)