China dismisses report of Myanmar jets' intrusion

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The conflict between Myanmar's military and ethnic minority rebels in the state of Kachin is threatening the safety of residents in the Sino-Myanmar border towns.

China denied reports claiming Myanmarese fighter jets had mistakenly entered China after armed conflict broke out in northern Myanmar in a statement issued by the air force on Saturday.

According to the statement, China's air force has tightened surveillance over territorial air across the China-Myanmar border since the conflict began. The closest Myanmarese jets are five kilometers away from the border.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying confirmed on Friday that three bombs landed in China on the evening of Dec. 30, 2012 during the armed conflict between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army.

Hua said China made representations to Myanmar afterwards. "The Chinese side demands the Myanmar side immediately take effective measures to prevent similar incidents from happening again."

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