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Updated 2:12 PM EST, Wed, Jan 29, 2020

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China Rubs Off Claims of Shooting Down Myanmar Fighter Jet

China's Ministry of Defense denied allegations that the PLA shot down a Myanmar fighter jet.

(Photo : Getty Images) China's Ministry of Defense denied allegations that the PLA shot down a Myanmar fighter jet.

China's Ministry of Defense on Tuesday come out to strongly refute claims by online media outlets that it shot down a Myanmar Airforce fighter jet, saying the allegations are "purely fictitious."

The online publication of Kachinland News initially reported that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) shot a missile on a Myanmar jet after it flew over China's air, according to DNA India. The fighter jet reportedly crashed in the northeast region of Myanmar in Mongkoe town.

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The report also quoted analysts who claimed that the PLA had fired early warning shots to the fighter jet before finally taking it down.

The defense ministry has, however, condemned the publication, saying that the report was not factual and only aimed to discredit China amidst the ongoing conflict in the northeast region of Myanmar.

On Nov. 30, spokesperson for the Defense Ministry Senior Colonel Tang Yujun addressed the situation of the currently ongoing war between the ethnic armed groups and governmental forces in Myanmar and expressed concern over the security of the citizens in China's neighboring region to the country.

This comes at a time when the war had slowly managed to make its way into China, destroy several properties, and harm Chinese citizens.

"We strongly advise parties to take concrete and effective measures to uphold security and administer  the operations in the China-Myanmar border region," Yujun said.

He also added that patrols along the region as well as security and an active emergency team had been set up as a precautionary measure.

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