China says it is caring for about 3,000 refugees who have entered its territory to escape fighting in Myanmar between the government and ethnic rebels.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China has offered "proper settlement" to those seeking shelter and hospital beds for the injured.

On Sunday, a coalition of ethnic rebel forces launched attacks on government outposts in Myanmar's northern Shan State.

Myanmar's state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that eight people, including three civilians, were killed in attacks on military outposts, police stations and a trade center in Muse and Kutkai townships.

It blamed the Kachin Independence Army, the Ta'ang National Liberation Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army for the attacks.