- Amajor town in northern Shan State, with an estimated population of over 110,000 in 1996. It serves as the terminus for the railroad line running south/southwest to Mandalay and Rangoon (Yangon), and before World War II linked Burma's capital by rail with the Burma Road, which enabled the Allies to ship weapons and supplies overland to Chiang Kai-shek (Jiang Jyeshi) at his wartime capital of Chungking (Chongqing). The Japanese capture of Lashio in May 1942 cut off the Burma Road. Before the signing of cease-fires with ethnic minority armed groups, Lashio, close to the Chinese border, was strategically sensitive, and off limits to foreign visitors.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
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