Four Chinese people were killed insouthwestern Yunnan province Friday by a bomb dropped from a Myanmar warplane,state media reported, days after Beijing warned of escalating violence acrossthe border.
The official news agency Xinhua said thebomb hit a sugarcane field in Lincang city, killing the four workers andinjuring nine others.
It came after China's foreign ministry saidearlier this week that a house in Yunnan had been hit by shelling from acrossthe border in Myanmar, where the military are fighting rebel forces.
Beijing has previously warned of a threatto border stability after the dramatic upsurge in ethnic conflict in the remoteKokang region in Myanmar's northeastern Shan state.
Last month, Myanmar declared a state ofemergency in Kokang in response to the conflict, which began on February 9.
The unrest has virtually emptied the mainKokang town of Laukkai, the epicentre of the fighting, with streets in theonce-bustling frontier community transformed into a battleground.
More than 30,000 people have fled fromMyanmar into Yunnan province, according to Xinhua.
Early Saturday morning, the agency reportedthat Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin had summoned Myanmarambassador Thit Linn Ohn on Friday night to protest the deaths.
Liu urged Myanmar to "thoroughlyinvestigate" the case and "take immediate and effective measures toprevent recurrence of such incidents," said Xinhua.
He called on the Myanmar authorities to"safeguard the security and stability in the border areas between Chinaand Myanmar," the agency added.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Leisaid on Tuesday that two days previously "some shells fell on Chineseterritory, damaging a civilian home".
Dee 52 minutes ago 0 5
Rulers wage war that kills civilians. Themasses want to live in peace while the few rulers are always dreaming of warsand conflict to fatten their greedy wallets on the blood of their people.
Patricia 20 minutes ago 0 3
I read the headlines daily and i cantremember how many different countrys were in the headlines but all waspreparing for war. I think our world is about to come to an end. I dont evenknow how to prepare for what lies ahead for humanity but its fixing to be doneand over. Why cant everyone mind their own business and protect our own countryand our own ways and stop worrying about everyone else.
Sandy 1 hour ago 1 8
I just hope and pray that we don't turn ourattention to this region of the world and try to get involved.
Levine Levine 41 minutes ago 1 7
This news report intentionally failed tomention that China is a victim of the civil conflict in KoKang. Instead, itinsinuates that China is involved in the civil conflict between Myanmarfactions and the Myanmar government when China has no part of the civilstruggle.
Truth be told, some rebel forces havesought refuge in the border areas of China and the Myanmar government forcesare in hot pursuit, including bombing and shelling into Chinese territory.
My Name Here 19 minutes ago 1 3
Does China have air defense? Why wasn't theplane intercepted or shot down? The Chinese throw a good parade, but howeffective is the military?
lawrence 25 minutes ago 1 3
Chinese government is always soft to theoutside but hard to the inside.