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Myanmar: Beijing evacuates workers

Beijing has ordered Myanmar state-owned enterprises to evacuate non-essential staff from the country, the South China Morning Post reports. Last weekend was the bloodiest since the coup six weeks ago that toppled the democratically elected government of Aung San Sui Kyi. Dozens of protesters were killed by military violence. According to media reports, 32 Chinese factories were also set on fire during the protests. It initially remained unclear who was responsible for the fires. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, some protesters suspected that the military junta had instigated allied gangs to gain legitimacy for even greater use of force. However, according to the SZ, anti-Chinese resentment could also be behind the arson attacks because Beijing protects the military junta in the UN Security Council.

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