Tuesday, March 4, 2008

More Chinese-made military trucks for junta arriving at the border

More Chinese-made military trucks for junta
arriving at the border

2008 March 3

Chinese-made Dong Feng brand six-wheeled military transport trucks destined for Burmese military junta are arriving in Ruili and Jegong on Sino-Burmese border, local residents reported.

Dong Feng brand six-wheeled military transport trucks started arriving in Ruili since yesterday night and would eventually number 500, a Chinese driver said.

Chinese-made Military Truck (Dong Feng)

Yesterday night, twenty trucks arrived and today, thirty more came to Ruili, it is learnt. These trucks are being cleansed at town's car washes and serviced at various workshops.

Last December, China delivered 450 Chinese-made FAW brand military use light trucks to Burmese junta at the border between Jegong and Mu-se.

Also in November, 2006, fifty LiFan-brand medium duty trucks were handed over to Burmese authorities at Jegong-Muse and in December, 2006, China delivered military equipment packaged in closed containers to Burma Army at the border.

Three hundred FAW brand six-wheeler military transport trucks were delivered in 2005 May, and over 100 each of Dong Feng brand six-wheeler military trucks and LJC brand six-wheeler military vehicles were sent to Burma through the border in 2004 July. In 2003 January, China gave spare parts and accessories for Burma Air Force jet fighters to Burma under heavy security. In 2002 November, 2001 August and 2001 December, over 200 Dong Feng brand 20-ton six-wheeler artillery hauling trucks, more than 300 FAW brand light personnel carriers and about forty artillery haulers with artillery shells, accessories and hi-tech communications equipment were respectively handed over to Burmese military authorities through the border.

All these are part of Sino-Burmese military agreement in 2000 to supply 5000 military vehicles to be used in logistics units and support troops. Military analysts believe Chinese-made military equipment was made available to Burma through gifts by Chinese government, credit or barter with teak, jade and agricultural produce.

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