Wa State[n 1] is an autonomous self-governing polity in Myanmar (Burma). It is de facto independent from the rest of the country and has its own political system, administrative divisions and army.[1][8][9] While the Wa State government recognises Myanmar's sovereignty over all of its territory,[10] this does not include allegiance to any specific government.[11] The 2008 Constitution of Myanmar officially recognises the northern part of Wa State as the Wa Self-Administered Division of Shan State.[12] As a one-party socialist state ruled by the United Wa State Party (UWSP),[2] which split from the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) in 1989, Wa State is divided into three counties, two special districts, and one economic development zone. The administrative capital is Pangkham, formerly known as Pangsang. The name Wa is derived from the Wa ethnic group, who speak an Austroasiatic language.

Wa State
ဝပြည်နယ် (Burmese)
Meung Vax (Parauk)
佤邦 (Chinese)
Flag of Wa State
of Wa State
Coat of arms
Anthem: Aux muih Meung Vax (Parauk)
我爱佤邦 (Chinese)
"I love Wa State"
Projection showing Wa State in green and Myanmar (Burma) in dark grey
Claimed territory (green) within Myanmar (dark grey)
StatusAutonomous self-governing polity (de jure)
Independent state (de facto)[1]
22°10′N 99°11′E / 22.167°N 99.183°E / 22.167; 99.183
Largest cityMong Pawk
Official languagesNone
Recognised national languagesWa
Recognised regional languages
Working languageStandard Chinese
Ethnic groups
Wa, Han Chinese, Dai, Lahu, Akha, and others
GovernmentOne-party socialist state[2]
• President
Bao Youxiang[3]
• Vice President
Zhao Guo-an, Lau Yaku[4]
• Chairman of WPPCC
Zhao Ai Dao[5]
• Formation of the UWSP and UWSA
17 April 1989
• Ceasefire between the UWSA and the Tatmadaw
9 May 1989
• Creation of the Wa Self-Administered Division
20 August 2010
• Total
30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi)
• Estimate
  • ~758,000 (total)
    • 558,000 (northern area)[6]
    • 200,000 (southern area)[7]
• Density
32.8/km2 (85.0/sq mi)
CurrencyRenminbi (north)
Thai baht (south)
Time zoneUTC+06:30 (MMT)
Driving sideright
Calling code+86 (0)879 (north)
+66 (0)53 (south)



For a long time,[timeframe?] headman tribes were dispersed around the Wa mountainous area, with no unified governance. During the Qing dynasty, the region became separated from the tribal military control of the Dai people. British rule in Burma did not administer the Wa States[13] and the border with China was left undefined.[14]

From the late 1940s, during the Chinese Civil War, remnants of the Chinese National Revolutionary Army retreated to territory within Burma as the communists took over mainland China. Within the mountain region Kuomintang forces of the Eighth Army 237 division and 26th Army 93 division held their position for two decades in preparation for a counterattack towards mainland China. Under pressure from the United Nations, the counterattack was cancelled and the army was recalled to northern Thailand and later back to Taiwan; however, some troops decided to remain within Burma. East of the Salween river, indigenous tribal guerrilla groups exercised control with the support of the Communist Party of Burma.

During the 1960s, the Communist Party of Burma lost its base of operations within central Burma, and with the assistance of the Chinese communists, expanded within the border regions in the northeast. Many intellectual youths from China joined the Communist Party of Burma, and these forces also absorbed many local guerrillas.[15] The Burmese communists gained control over Pangkham, which became their base of operations.

At the end of the 1980s, the ethnic minorities of northeast Burma became politically separated from the Communist Party of Burma. On 17 April 1989, Bao Youxiang's armed forces announced their separation from the Communist Party of Burma, and formed the United Myanmar Ethnicities Party, which later became the United Wa State Party. On 18 May, the United Wa State Army signed a ceasefire agreement with the State Law and Order Restoration Council, which replaced Ne Win's military regime following the 8888 Uprising.[16] After the ceasefire, the Myanmar government began to call the region "Shan State Special Region No. 2 (Wa Region)"[17]: 111–112  (Parauk: Hak Tiex Baux Nong (2) Meung Man;[18] Chinese: 缅甸掸邦第二特区; Burmese: "ဝ" အထူးဒေသ(၂)).

In 1990s, Wa State obtained Southern area by force. From 1999 to 2002, 80,000 former opium farmers from the northern area of Wa State were forcefully resettled into the more fertile south for food production, improving food security and laying the groundwork for a ban on drug production in Wa State. Some groups report that thousands died as a result of resettlement.[19]

Tensions between the central government and Wa State were heightened in 2009.[20] During this time, peace initiative proposals by Wa State were rejected by the Myanmar government.[21] The government warned on 27 April 2010 that the WHP program could push Myanmar and Wa State into further conflict.[22][clarification needed]

In 2012, Wa State began a major road construction program to link all townships with asphalt roads.[17]: 60  By 2014, asphalt roads ran through the northern townships of Wa State and connected the Wa townships of Kunma, Nam Tit, and Mengmao to the Chinese towns of Cangyuan and Ximeng.[17]: 60 

After the 2021 Myanmar coup d'état the Wa began to oppose the Myanmar government more directly, shifting away from their strategy of "forward defense" of supporting smaller anti-government forces militarily which was supposed to keep the Tatmadaw from violating ceasefires, with the goal of extending their political and military influence towards Central Myanmar.[23]

When fighting in northern Shan State escalated in late October and early November in 2023, Wa State took a neutral position urging on 1 Nov for a ceasefire. The UWSP has again stated that they would retailiate against any military action against Wa.[24][25]

Politics, society and law

Wa State Basic Law

Wa State is divided into northern and southern regions which are separated from one another, with the 13,000 km2 (5,000 sq mi) southern region bordering Thailand and consisting of 200,000 people.[10] The total area of the region controlled by Wa State is approximately 27,000 kilometers.[17]: 4  The political leaders of Wa State are mostly ethnic Wa people.

The working language of the Wa State government is Mandarin Chinese.[26][27][28] Southwest Mandarin and Wa are widely spoken by the population, with the language of education being Standard Chinese. Television broadcasts within Wa State are broadcast in both Mandarin and Wa. Commodities within Wa State are brought over from China, and the renminbi is commonly used for exchanges. China Mobile has cellular coverage over some parts of Wa State.[10]



The Wa State government emulates many political features of the government of the People's Republic of China, having a central party known as the United Wa State Party, which also has a Central Committee and a Politburo. Wa State also has a Wa People's Congress and a Wa People's Political Consultative Conference, respectively mimicking the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Before the 2021 Myanmar coup d'état, whilst Wa State was highly autonomous from the control of the central government in Naypyidaw,[29][30] their relationship was based on peaceful coexistence and Wa State recognised the sovereignty of the central government over all of Myanmar.[10]


The legal system in Wa State is based on the civil law system, with reference to the laws of China. As of at least 2015, Wa State imposes the death penalty (which is abolished at the national level in Myanmar) for armed assault, rape, murder, and child abuse.[17]: 53  After being sentenced to death, prisoners are sent directly to the execution ground.[31]

Labour camps exist in Wa State and relatives of those who are imprisoned or conscripted are often taken hostage by the state. The state is governed by a network of Maoist insurgents, traditional leaders such as headmen, businessmen, and traders, without democratic elections or the rule of law.[9]

Most people do not have Chinese or Myanmar ID cards, but Wa State ID cards are often recognised in those countries. It is easy for citizens to enter them if they avoid the official border crossings.[9]



The most-practiced religion, outnumbering Islam, Buddhism and folk religions, is Christianity, even though there are frequent crackdowns on it conducted by the secular government. An example for this is a campaign against churches built after 1992 in September 2018.[32][33][34]

There used to be up to 100,000 Chinese nationals residing in Wa State, many of them engaging in business. In 2021, the Chinese government ordered them to return to their homeland to combat online fraud allegedly committed by many of them.[35] The Chinese exodus has had a negative impact on the Wa economy.[36]

Administrative divisions


Wa State is divided into counties (Parauk: kaung:; Chinese: ), special districts (Parauk: lum; Chinese: 特区), an economic development zone and an administrative affairs committee. Each county is further divided into districts (Parauk: veng; Chinese: ).

Below these are township-level administrations: townships (Parauk: ndaex eeng / yaong:; Chinese: ) and streets (Parauk: laih; Chinese: ).

Level County-level District-level Township Village
Special District (lum / 特区) Street (laih / )
Town (ceung / )
Township (daux eeng: / )
Group ()
Village (yaong: / )
Economic Development Zone (经济开发区)
County (kaung: / ) Avenue (daux laih / 街道)
District (veng / ဝဵင်း / )
Administrative Affairs
Committee (行政事务管理委员会)
Township (southern)
(yaong: / )

In the table above, names in apostrophe are in Wa/Dai/Mandarin order. Avenue (daux laih / 街道) is found only once in Mong Maoe County; town ( / "ceung") is found only once in Mong Phing EDZ. Avenues and streets are metaphorical urban-type division name analogical to subdistricts of China and should not be understood literally. They are further subdivided into groups. Villages are rural counterparts of groups and are below townships. In southern Wa, townships are given the township identity () according to their Mandarin name yet not subdivided into villages with their Wa names indicate they are natural settlements (yaong: / ), but might be a part of compound like daux eeng yaong: XX (XX-settlement township / XX寨乡).

In general, the Wa names of divisions follow the Romance naming order. For example, Veng Yaong Leen means Yaong Leen District and is a veng (district) instead of a yaong: (natural settlement). That of the town of Mong Phing in Mong Phing EDZ is an exception – it follows the Germanic naming order as "Mong Phing Ceung" instead of "Ceung Mong Phing". In the Wa language, x at the end of a syllable represents a glottal stop.

In the sections below, names in bold indicate county seats. Names with "quotation marks" are pinyin transcriptions of Mandarin while names in italics are Burmese transcriptions of Mandarin. Although Mandarin is one of the four working languages of Wa State, some Mandarin administrative names are non-canonical. For example, 班阳区 and 邦洋区 are two different transcriptions of the same official Wa or Dai name of Pang Yang District.

Northern area


Wa State's northern area is divided into three counties, two special districts, and one economic development zone. Each county is further divided into districts; there are 21 districts in total.

  • Mongmao County (kaung: Meung Mau, 勐冒县):
    1. Nawi District (veng Nax Vi, 纳威区)
    2. Kaung Ming Sang District (veng Moeknu, 公明山区) and Monghmau Avenue (daux laih Meung Mhau, 新地方街, county seat)
    3. Panwai District (veng Pang Vai, 邦外区 (班歪区))
    4. Taoh Mie District (veng Taoh Mie, 栋玛区 (昆马区))
    5. Yaung Lin District (veng Yaong: Leen, 永冷区)
    6. Long Tan District (veng Nhawngngit, 龙潭区)
    7. Ai Chun District (veng Cheung: Miang, 岩城区)
    8. Yingpan District (veng Kawnmau, 营盘区)
    9. Man Ton District (veng Man Ton:, 曼东区)
    10. Ling Haw District (veng Moek Raix, 联合区)
    11. Klawngpa District (veng Klawng: Pa, 格龙坝区)
  • Monglin County [zh] (kaung: Mang' Leen', 勐能县):
    12. Man Shiang District (veng Man Shiang, 曼相区)
    13. Nong Kied District (veng Nong: Kied, 弄切区)
    13.1 Nong Kied Township (daux eeng: Nong: Kied, 弄切乡), 6 villages
    13.2 Si Lawg Township (daux eeng: Si Lawg), 4 villages
    13.3 Wein Kao Township (daux eeng: Daux Kaung:, 温高乡), 8 villages
    13.4 Nong Lai Sing Township (daux eeng: Nong: Lai Sing), 8 villages
    14. Paleen District (veng Pa Leen (Nang Khang: Vu), 南抗伍区)
    15. Nakao District (veng Nax Kao, 纳高区)
    16. Pang Yang District (veng Pang Yang, 邦洋区)
  • Mong Pawk County (kaung: Meung' Bawg, 勐波县):
    17. Nam Phat District (veng Nam Phat, 南排区)
    18. Mong Pawk District (veng Meung' Bawg, 勐波区, county seat)
    19. Mong Ning District (veng Meung' Ning, 勐念区)
    20. Mong Ka District (veng Meung' Ka, 勐嘎区)
    21. Hotao District (veng Hox Tao, 贺岛区)
Special districts
  • Pangkham Special District (lum Pang Kham, 邦康特区):
    Guanghong Township (daux eeng: Kwang: Hong:, 广洪乡)
    Na Lawt Township (daux eeng: Na Lawt, 那洛乡)
    Man Phat Township (daux eeng: Mam Phat, 南帕乡)
    Tawng Aw Township (daux eeng: Tawng Aw, 等俄乡)
    Yaong Ting Township (daux eeng: Yaong Ting, 永定乡)
    Man Mao Township (daux eeng: Man Mao, 芒冒乡)
  • Nang Teung Special District (lum Nang Teung, 南邓特区):
    Gawng Lang Township (daux eeng: Gawng Lang (Nang Teung), 南邓乡) and Nang Teung Street (laih Nang Teung, 南邓街)
    Yaongmau Township (daux eeng: Yaong Maux, 拥莫乡)
    Piang Khrawm Township (daux eeng: Piang Khrawm:, 邦空乡)
    Ta Ai Township (daux eeng: Ta Ai, 大岩乡)
    Bang Moi Township (daux eeng: Bang Moi, 炉房乡)
    Nam Veng Kham Township (daux eeng: Nam Veng Kham, 南温坝乡)
Economic development zone
  • Mong Phing Economic Development Zone (Meung' Phing, 勐平经济开发区):
    Mong Phing Town (ceung Meung' Phing, 勐平镇, seat)
    Mong Phing Prim Township (daux eeng: Mong Phing Prim)
    Tong Long Township (daux eeng: Tong Long)
    Yaong Khrawm Township (daux eeng: Yaong Khrawm, 团结乡)
    Pang Sax Cax Township (daux eeng: Pang Sax Cax)
    Kawx Sawng Township (daux eeng: Kawx Sawng)

Wa State overlaps with seven de jure townships designated by the Burmese government. The geographic relationship between districts (second level) and special districts (first level) of Wa State and districts of Shan State are listed below:

Kho Pang Township of Shan State
  • Cheung Miang District (Ai Chun)
  • Nawi District
Mongmao Township of Shan State
  • Kaung Ming Sang District
  • Klawngpa District
Pangwaun Township of Shan State
  • Kunma District
  • Wangleng District (Yaong Leen)
Man Phang Township of Shan State
  • Ling Haw District
Namphan Township of Shan State
  • Kawnmau District (Yingpan)
Pang Yang Township of Shan State
  • Pang Yang District
  • Ting Aw District
  • Weng Kao District (Daux Kaung Township?)
  • Pangkham Special District
Mong Yang Township of Shan State
  • Mong Pawk District
  • Mong Ngen District (Mong Ning?)
  • Hotao District

On 15 January 2024, Hopang and Pan Lon are officially transferred to Wa State by Myanmar's government.[5][37]

Southern area


Wa State's southern area is administered by the Fourth Theater Command as the "171st military region" and enjoys a high degree of local autonomy. For example, the UWSP allowed it to implement its own COVID-19 policies.[38] The region is not part of traditional Wa territory, but was granted in 1989 by the then-ruling Burmese military junta for the UWSA's cooperation in their efforts against drug warlord Khun Sa.[39] These territories were originally inhabited by the Austroasiatic Tai Loi peoples, but now include significant Lahu and Shan communities, as well as Wa settlers.

The Southern area is administrated by the Southern Administrative Affairs Committee (Parauk: Meung Vax Plak Caw, Chinese: 南部行政事务管理委员会). The area can further divided into several districts:

  • Wan Hoong District (veng Gawng Sam Song:, 万宏区, area seat)
  • Hui Aw District (veng Huix Awx, 回俄区)
  • Yaong Khrao District (veng Yaong Khraox (Yaong Gawng), 开龙区)
  • Yaong Pang District (veng Yaong Pang, 永邦区)
  • Meung Cawd District (veng Meung Cawd, 勐角区)
  • Yaong Moeg District (veng Yaong: Moeg (Num Moeg), 勐岗区)
  • Kha Na District (veng Khax Nax, 户约区)

Kha Na District seems to have been merged into Wan Hoong District.

Treatment of original inhabitants


In recent years tens of thousands of people (according to the Lahu National Development Organization claims 125,933 from 1999 to 2001 alone) have resettled from northern Wa State and central Shan State to the southern area, often due to pressure by the Wa government. These actions were intended to strengthen the Wa government's position there, especially the Mong Yawn valley which is surrounded by mountains on all sides is a strategically important location.[19] Wa people were also relocated from villages on mountain peaks to the surrounding valleys, officially to offer the residents an alternative to the cultivation of opium. After the resettlement, the Wa government allowed ethnic Wa settlers to grow opium for three more years and sell it freely. Serious human rights violations were reported during the resettlement and many people have died, around 10,000 alone during the rains of 2000 since the Wa settlers were not accustomed to tropical diseases like malaria in the warmer southern area.[40][19]

The original inhabitants of the area have been discriminated against by the settlers; their belongings were seized by them without compensation. Many abuses occur, including enslaving of the ones who complain about the Wa government. They have to work in the fields with chained-up legs. When a minority person cannot give enough money to the rulers, they can sell children seven years or older as soldiers to the United Wa State Army. Due to these harsh living conditions, many had no other choice but to leave their hometowns.[19]

Geography and economy

Map of Wa State
  Areas controlled by Wa State amid the Myanmar civil war (2021–present)

The region is mainly mountainous, with deep valleys. The lowest points are approximately 600 metres (2,000 ft) above sea level, with the highest mountains over 3,000 metres (9,800 ft).[citation needed] Initially Wa State was heavily reliant on opium production.[41] With Chinese assistance, there has been a move towards growing rubber and tea plantations.[42] Wa State cultivates 220,000 acres of rubber.[43] Due to the resettlement of residents from mountainous areas to fertile valleys,[44] there is also cultivation of wet rice, corn and vegetables. Dozens died during the resettlement due to disease and road accidents.[43] One of the main income sources of Wa State is the mining of resources like tin, zinc, lead and smaller amounts of gold.[45] The proven tin ore reserves of Wa State amount to more than 50 million tons, currently 95% of the tin mine production of Myanmar comes from there, around one sixth of the world production.[46][47]

Additionally, there is also a thriving industry around sectors like prostitution and gambling in the capital Pangkham that are related to tourism from China which was thriving before the COVID-19 pandemic.[48] The region was able to vaccinate nearly all of its population against the virus by July 2021, one of the earliest dates in the world.[49] In general, the state of development of Wa State is considerably higher than in the government-controlled areas of Myanmar, which is especially true for its capital.[48][50] Wa State is economically dependent on China, which supports it financially and provides military and civilian advisors and weapons.[51][52] It shares 82 miles (133 km) of frontier with China.[53]

The Myanmar kyat is not legal tender anywhere in the Wa State. In the north, the Chinese yuan is legal tender, whilst the baht is legal tender in the south.[54]

Illicit drug trade


The United Wa State Army (UWSA) is among the largest narcotics trafficking organizations in Southeast Asia.[55]

The UWSA cultivated vast areas of land for the opium poppy, which was later refined to heroin. Methamphetamine trafficking was also important to the economy of Wa State.[43] The money from the opium was primarily used for purchasing weapons which continues to be the case to some extent. At the same time, while opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar had declined year-on-year since 2015, cultivation area increased by 33% totalling 40,100 hectares alongside an 88% increase in yield potential to 790 metric tonnes in 2022 according to latest data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Myanmar Opium Survey 2022[56] With that said, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has also warned that opium production in Myanmar may rise again if the economic crunch brought on by COVID-19 and the country's February 1 military coup persists, with significant public health and security consequences for much of Asia.[57]

In August 1990, government officials began drafting a plan to end drug production and trafficking in Wa State.[58] According to an interview with Wa officials in 1994, Bao Youyi (Tax Kuad Rang; also known as Bao Youyu) became wanted by the Chinese police for his involvement in drug trafficking. As a result, Bao Youxiang and Zhao Nyi-Lai went to Cangyuan Va Autonomous County of China and signed the Cangyuan Agreement with local officials, which stated that, "No drugs will go into the international society (from Wa State); no drugs will go into China (from Wa State); no drugs will go into Burmese government-controlled areas (from Wa State)."[59] However, the agreement did not mention whether or not Wa State could sell drugs to insurgent groups.

In 1997, the United Wa State Party officially proclaimed that Wa State would be drug-free by the end of 2005.[58] In 2005, Wa State authorities banned opium, and thereafter launched yearly drug crackdown campaigns.[17]: 54  With the help of the United Nations (which began opium-substitution programs in 1998)[17]: 174  and the Chinese government, many opium farmers in Wa State shifted to the production of rubber and tea. However, some poppy farmers continued to cultivate the flower outside of Wa State.[60] Anti-drug strategies involved opium substitution programs for farmers, seeking alternative revenue sources in the area, roadbuilding to improve access to the hills, strict enforcement, and a population resettlement program.[17]: 54  Between 1999 and 2006, the United Wa State Army began both voluntary resettlement and forced resettlement of between 50,000 and 100,000 villagers from the northern Wa State territory to the non-contiguous southern Wa State territory.[17]: 54  Malaria and travel-related deaths were significant among the relocated population.[17]: 54 

Although opium cultivation in Myanmar declined from 1997 to 2006 on the whole, the opium ban in Wa State eventually led to increased production elsewhere in Myanmar as opium producers sought to benefit from rising opium prices following the ban.[17]: 174  From 2006 to 2012, overall opium cultivation in Myanmar doubled as production shifted to non-Wa State areas.[17]: 174 

This population resettlement strategy relieved population pressures in the north Wa State hills and increased opportunities for the cultivation of rubber as an alternative cash crop to opium.[17]: 55  However, international commodity prices for rubber decreased radically by December 2012, fell to a low in November 2015, and remained low from 2015 to 2018.[17]: 56  Low rubber prices severely hampered Wa State's legitimate revenue and the income of rural people.[17]: 56 

A BBC presentation aired on 19 November 2016 showed the burning of methamphetamine, as well as a thriving trade in illegal animal parts.[61]

The production of crystal meth of high quality as well as heroin is still thriving and worth billions of dollars as of 2021. Cheaper ya ba tablets are made by neighboring rebel groups which depend on the Wa for raw materials - namely precursor chemicals sourced from the chemical industry in China and chemical industry in India which enter Myanmar directly or by transit through the Golden Triangle (Southeast Asia) and specifically Lao PDR via Viet Nam and Thailand.[23][62]

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