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India Accuses China of Helping Rebel Groups on Myanmar Border

  • India sent thousands of troops to region as tensions increased
  • China denies supplying weapons to ‘non-state actors’

Photographer: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

Indian officials say China is assisting rebel groups that have stepped up attacks on its border with Myanmar in recent months, opening another front in the conflict between two nations already engaged in a deadly standoff in the Himalayas.

Armed groups in Myanmar -- including the United Wa State Army and the Arakan Army, which was designated a terrorist organization this year -- are acting as Beijing’s proxies by supplying weapons and providing hideouts to insurgent groups in India’s northeastern states, according to Indian officials with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be identified due to rules for speaking with the media.