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Myanmar's China-backed rebels

Rebel soldiers of Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) patrol near a military base in Kokang region, March 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

Rebel soldiers of Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) patrol near a military base in Kokang region, March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Rebel soldiers of Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) patrol near a military base in Kokang region, March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Myanmar government forces have been battling rebels on the border with China since last month and China has urged Myanmar to "lower the temperature".  REUTERS/Stringer

Myanmar government forces have been battling rebels on the border with China since last month and China has urged Myanmar to "lower the temperature". REUTERS/Stringer

Myanmar government forces have been battling rebels on the border with China since last month and China has urged Myanmar to "lower the temperature". REUTERS/Stringer
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The MNDAA was formed from remnants of the Communist Party of Burma, a powerful China-backed guerrilla force that battled the Myanmar government until it splintered in 1989. REUTERS/Stringer

The MNDAA was formed from remnants of the Communist Party of Burma, a powerful China-backed guerrilla force that battled the Myanmar government until it splintered in 1989. REUTERS/Stringer

The MNDAA was formed from remnants of the Communist Party of Burma, a powerful China-backed guerrilla force that battled the Myanmar government until it splintered in 1989. REUTERS/Stringer
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A rebel soldier sleeps with his rifle inside a trench near a military base. REUTERS/Stringer

A rebel soldier sleeps with his rifle inside a trench near a military base. REUTERS/Stringer

A rebel soldier sleeps with his rifle inside a trench near a military base. REUTERS/Stringer
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A 15-year-old soldier (2nd L) stands next to other rebel soldiers as they guard near a military base in Kokang region. REUTERS/Stringer

A 15-year-old soldier (2nd L) stands next to other rebel soldiers as they guard near a military base in Kokang region. REUTERS/Stringer

A 15-year-old soldier (2nd L) stands next to other rebel soldiers as they guard near a military base in Kokang region. REUTERS/Stringer
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A 15-year-old rebel soldier inserts bullets into the clip of his rifle near a military base in Kokang region. REUTERS/Stringer

A 15-year-old rebel soldier inserts bullets into the clip of his rifle near a military base in Kokang region. REUTERS/Stringer

A 15-year-old rebel soldier inserts bullets into the clip of his rifle near a military base in Kokang region. REUTERS/Stringer
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A rebel soldier holds his rifle as he guards near a military base. REUTERS/Stringer

A rebel soldier holds his rifle as he guards near a military base. REUTERS/Stringer

A rebel soldier holds his rifle as he guards near a military base. REUTERS/Stringer
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Rebel soldiers examine weapons and ammunition at a military base. REUTERS/Stringer

Rebel soldiers examine weapons and ammunition at a military base. REUTERS/Stringer

Rebel soldiers examine weapons and ammunition at a military base. REUTERS/Stringer
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A rebel soldier rests near a military base in Kokang region. REUTERS/Stringer

A rebel soldier rests near a military base in Kokang region. REUTERS/Stringer

A rebel soldier rests near a military base in Kokang region. REUTERS/Stringer
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A 15-year-old soldier stands next to other rebel soldiers as they guard near a military base. REUTERS/Stringer

A 15-year-old soldier stands next to other rebel soldiers as they guard near a military base. REUTERS/Stringer

A 15-year-old soldier stands next to other rebel soldiers as they guard near a military base. REUTERS/Stringer
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