Myanmar's Kachin rebels, government to hold talks in China after intense skirmishes

Myanmar's government and ethnic Kachin rebels in northern Myanmar say they will hold talks in China this week after some of the worst fighting in the country in years.

Officials say the talks will begin Monday in the Chinese border town of Ruili.

The meeting comes after the army seized several strategic guerrilla-held hilltops this month in the hills around Laiza, which serves as a headquarters for the rebel movement.

The talks were confirmed by a Kachin Independence Army officer and a civilian official working with the government's negotiation team. The officials declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject.

Since fighting began in June 2011, the two sides have held at least 10 rounds of talks to try to end the conflict.