United Wa State Party

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United Wa State Party
ဝပြည် သွေးစည်း ညီညွတ်ရေး ပါတီ
Leader Bao Youxiang[1]
Chairman Bao Youyi[2]
Secretary-General Zhao Nyi-Lai[2]
Military commander Wei Hsueh-kang
Founder Zhao Nyi-Lai
Founded 1989 (1989)
Split from Communist Party of Burma
Headquarters Pangkham, Wa Self-Administered Division, Myanmar
Armed wing United Wa State Army

Wa nationalism, Maoism [3]

Colours Red, Green and Blue
Party flag
United Wa State Party flag2.png
Official website
Former flag with red sun.

The United Wa State Party (Burmese: ဝပြည် သွေးစည်း ညီညွတ်ရေး ပါတီ; abbreviated UWSP) is a political organisation in Myanmar (Burma), which campaigns for the interests of the Wa people. It is the de facto ruling party of Wa State, an unrecognised state in Northern Shan State. Its armed wing is the United Wa State Army (UWSA), and the chairman and commander in chief is Bao Youxiang.[1]

The UWSP was founded in 1989 by members of the Wa National Council (WNC), a group of Wa villagers, and former members of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB).[6]


The first chairman of the UWSP was Zhao Nyi-Lai. He was a former military leader of the Sao Hin Saopha who joined the CPB in 1969. He was elected as a member of the CPB central committee in 1985.

In 1995, Zhao Nyi-Lai suffered a stroke and Bao Youxiang became the new chairman. Zhao Nyi-Lai remains as Secretary General of the party. In 2005, Bao Youxiang health deteriorated and Bao Youyi, the elder brother of Bao Youxiang, took over the day-to-day activities of the UWSP/UWSA.[2] Wei Hsueh-kang was appointed as Central Committee Member in 1996.[7] He is wanted for narcotic trafficking by the authorities in the United States.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Marshall, Andrew; Davis, Anthony. "Soldiers of Fortune". time.com. TIME magazine. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jane's World Insurgency and Terrorism: United Wa State Army". 
  3. ^ Johnson, Tim (29 August 2009). China Urges Burma to Bridle Ethnic Militia Uprising at Border. The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Davis, Anthony. "Wa army fielding new Chinese artillery, ATGMs". IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Wa State: Shanzhai Version Of China Discovered in Myanmar". chinaSMACK. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Chiangrai Times Archived 25 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Mizzima
  8. ^ The Wa State, Page 3 last paragraph

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