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The National Democratic Alliance Army (Burmese: မြန်မာအမျိုးသား ဒီမိုကရက်တစ် မဟာမိတ်တပ်မတော်; abbreviated NDAA),[3] also known as the National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS), colloquially the Eastern Shan State Army [4] or the Mong La group, is the armed wing of the Peace and Solidarity Committee (PSC; Mandarin: 和平与团结委员会) in eastern Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). The latter name originated from its location in the Mong La Township in eastern Shan State, known also as 'Shan State Special region 4'.[5]

National Democratic Alliance Army
မြန်မာအမျိုးသား ဒီမိုကရက်တစ် မဟာမိတ်တပ်မတော်
Participant in the internal conflict in Myanmar
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Flag of the National Democratic Alliance Army
Active1989 (1989)–present
IdeologyShan nationalism
LeadersSai Leun
Sao Hsengla
San Pae
HeadquartersMong La, Myanmar
Area of operationsSR4, Shan State-East
Originated as Communist Party of Burma
Allies Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army

New Democratic Army - Kachin

United Wa State Army
Opponent(s) Myanmar[citation needed] Union of Myanmar (until 2011)[citation needed]
Battles and war(s)Internal conflict in Myanmar


The Mong La area had been under the control of several warlords since the 1960s.[6] The NDAA was formed in 1989 after splitting from the former Communist Party of Burma (CPB). The strength of the army is 3,000 to 4,000 men.[2][1]

The NDAA was one of the first groups to sign a ceasefire with the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces).[6] After the ceasefire, the area underwent an economic boom, with both the NDAA and local Tatmadaw units benefiting financially from increased opium harvests and narcotics trafficking.[7] The NDAA declared an opium ban in the Mong La region in 1997 and signed a new ceasefire with the Burmese government in 2011.[8]

The NDAA maintains close ties with other rebel armed groups that split from the CPB, such as the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the New Democratic Army - Kachin (NDA-K), and the United Wa State Army (UWSA). In 2008 the UWSA was strongly against giving away the area of Mong Pawk from its control because it serves as a link with its ally, the National Democratic Alliance Army in Mong La.[9]


  1. ^ a b "NDAA". Myanmar Peace Monitor. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Armed ethnic groups". Myanmar Peace Monitor. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  3. ^ "NDAA and UWSA deny involvement in Mekong incident". Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ "The National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Another wrong turn in Mong La". Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b South, Ashley (2008). Ethnic politics in Burma: states of conflict. Taylor & Francis. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-203-89519-1.
  7. ^ Skidmore, Monique; Wilson, Trevor (2007). Myanmar: the state, community and the environment. ANU E Press. p. 69.
  8. ^ "Neither War Nor Peace - Transnational Institute" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Home". Retrieved 5 December 2017.

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