47 Myanmar soldiers killed fighting northern rebels: State media

YANGON (AFP) - Nearly 50 soldiers have been killed in recent fighting against rebels in a northern border area near China, Myanmar's state media said on Friday, as the government chases a countrywide ceasefire.

The troops were killed in four days of clashes in Shan state with largely ethnic Kokang Chinese rebels that broke out on Feb 9, the Global New Light of Myanmar said in its English language edition.

"So far, the fighting has left government forces with 47 dead, 73 wounded and five vehicles destroyed," the report said.