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KMT Soldiers Defect to the People’s Republic

The story is true, but not as world-shaking as you might think. Surviving soldiers from the Chinese Expeditionary Force in Burma have repatriated to the People’s Republic of China. The KMT first occupied Burma as part of the disastrous in-all-senses China-Burma-India Theater in World War II. After the Civil War, some more KMT forces retreated into China, rather than surrender to Mao or follow Chiang to Taiwan. Some National Revolutionary Army / Army of the Republic of China soldiers would eventually get quite wealthy on the drug trade, though these survivors seem not to have been so prosperous.

In Myanmar 67 years, the ride was not an easy country to live, “Myanmar itself is a poor country. Such as those of us living in this old soldier in order to stay, but also can have food to eat and clothing to survive is not easy to . “upon by the country said that in Myanmar, many veterans like him can only be regarded as the lowest level of society, some people make a living by selling firewood could not have the money returned. And his relatives in China can not afford the fee.

Article are available from Xinhua (Chinese, Google Translate) and China News (Chinese, Google Translate).

More Donations to Burma than China

While China has been displaying a level of unprecedented openness and concern for human rights, Burma is allowing her citizens to die of disease and neglect in the shadows. So why has Burma (which diverts aid to its military) been a bigger recipient of international aid than China? Historyguy has more:

HG’s WORLD: Update: A Tale of Two Countries

The contributions to date for Burma, $147,772,066 and China, $187,808,221 seem to be out of sync, with the amount pledged to Burma close to the amount pledged to China. Perhaps a reflection of the needs of a country further down the resource chain from China. The unsettling thing is the question of how much of that $147 million will go to line the pockets of the ruling junta members?

If you think about it for a bit, the answer won’t surprise you.