Wa State

unrecognized state of the ethnic Wa peoples located within Myanmar

Wa State is an autonomous region in Myanmar. It is considered de facto independent from the rest of the country because has its own political system, administrative divisions and army.[6][7]

Wa State
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)
and largest city
22°10′N 99°11′E / 22.167°N 99.183°E / 22.167; 99.183
Official languagesNone
Recognised national languagesWa
Recognised regional languages
Working languages
Ethnic groups
Wa, Han, Dai, Lahu, Akha, and others
GovernmentOne-party socialist state[1]
• President
Bao Youxiang[2]
• Vice President
Xiao Mingliang[3]
• Independence declared from Myanmar
17 April 1989
• Autonomy granted by Myanmar
9 May 1989
• Creation of the Wa Self-Administered Division
20 August 2010
• Total
30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi)
• Estimate
  • 558,000 (Northern area)[4]
  • 200,000 (Southern area)[5]
• 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)


  1. Hay, Wayne (29 September 2019). "Myanmar: No sign of lasting peace in Wa State". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  2. ""Taiwan" killed Shan leader in 1978". Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2015. Quote: "'Officially, Bao Youxiang is still the President of the Wa State Government and Commander-in-Chief of the United Wa State Army,' said a Thai security officer, a ten-year veteran on the Thai-Burma border..."
  3. "A United Wa State Army (UWSA) delegation led by Vice President Xiao Minliang, Bao Youliang and Zhao Guo-ang left Panghsang for Lashio today". democracy for Burma. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  4. "Wa Self-Administered Division WFP Myanmar". World Food Programme. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  5. "缅甸佤邦竟然是一个山寨版的中国 – 军情观察". 26 November 2016. Archived from the original on 26 November 2016.
  6. 29 December 2004, 佤帮双雄 Archived 2005-05-25 at the Wayback Machine, Phoenix TV
  7. Steinmüller, Hans (2018). "Conscription by Capture in the Wa State of Myanmar: acquaintances, anonymity, patronage, and the rejection of mutuality" (PDF). London School of Economics.