Tangyan Township

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Tangyan is located in Myanmar
Coordinates: 22°29′0″N 98°23′0″E / 22.48333°N 98.38333°E / 22.48333; 98.38333
Country  Burma
State Shan State
District Lashio District
Elevation[1] 3,100 ft (945 m)
Time zone UTC+6:30 (MMT)

Tangyan Township is a township of Lashio District in the Shan State of eastern Burma. The principal town is Tangyan. Tangyan emerged as an important centre for Panthay people (Chinese Muslims originally from neighbouring Yunnan) in the mid-20th century, especially after the destruction of Panglong during World War II.[2]


There were clashes between Shan State Army (SSA) and Myanmar Army in Tangyan in 2011.[3] Myanmar Army deployed local militias to monitor the SSA movement.[4][5] SSA accused Myanmar Army using chemical weapon and recruiting women as forced porters in Tangyan during resume clashes.[6][7] Some school teachers were killed also.[8][9]

Beginning on 6 October 2015 a large scale offensive by the Tatmadaw comprising 20 Burma Army battalions has been launched in central Shan State. The aim of the military is to seize Shan ceasefire territories in Kehsi, Mong Nawng, Mong Hsu and Tangyan townships, using heavy artillery and with fighter jet and helicopter gunship air support to indiscriminately shell and bomb civilian areas. These attacks have displaced thousands of Shan, Palaung, Lisu and Lahu people causing a new humanitarian crisis.[10][11]

Towns and villages


  1. ^ GoogleEarth
  2. ^ Forbes, Andrew ; Henley, David (2011). Traders of the Golden Triangle. Chiang Mai: Cognoscenti Books. ASIN: B006GMID5
  3. ^ Militia men from battlefields deserting. Shanland.org (19 May 2011). Retrieved on 9 September 2011.
  4. ^ Shanland
  5. ^ Junta army employs more militias against Shan rebels. Shanland.org (16 May 2011). Retrieved on 9 September 2011.
  6. ^ Being honest about using CW. Shanland.org (7 June 2011). Retrieved on 9 September 2011.
  7. ^ Junta army has women porters lead the way in war zone. Shanland.org (22 April 2011). Retrieved on 9 September 2011.
  8. ^ More killing by unidentified cutthroats reported. Shanland.org (21 April 2011). Retrieved on 9 September 2011.
  9. ^ Villagers in war zone killed by unidentified cutthroats. Shanland.org (19 April 2011). Retrieved on 9 September 2011.
  10. ^ Govt invasion of Shan state mocks ceasefire pact- Bangkok Post
  11. ^ Attacks in central Shan State
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