Wa leader returned to Panghsang

Nyii Kah / March 25, 2021

UWSA female soldiers/ Frontier Myanmar

The supreme leader of the Burma’s Wa self-administered regions Bao Youxiang has came back to the capital of Wa State Panghsang after months-long stay in China.

The president of the Wa State and the commander-in-chief of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) arrived in Panghsang a few days ago, according the source closed to his family. He left for China at the end of last year for health reason. The source told The Kachin Post that the Chairman of the United State Party (UWSP) Bao Youxiang departed to China when Wa State started being infected by COVID-19.

Wa State in the Burma’s northeast has been untouched by the February 1st military coup which ousted the elected government led by the famous leader Aung San Suu Kyi and continue crackdown on anti-coup protesters. Wa leaders have been silent on Burma’s military coup and no official statement has been released regarding to the Burma’s political turmoil.

A businessman from Panghsang told The Kachin Post that the situation in Wa State is unchanged and most of the Wa State residents feel they don’t belong to Burma.

The Wa State border with Burma has been shut since last year due to the COVID-19 lock-down. However, the border with China has been opened and the Chinese medical team has been conducting vaccination to Wa State residents.

Wa State has been under the leadership of Bao Youxiang since 1989. The autonomous territory in eastern Shan State has been run independently from Burma by Wa government and its military UWSA.