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Thailand-Laos Border War
PREDECESSOR: (Related conflicts that occurred before)Thai-Laotian Border Clashes (1980)
In 1907, France (the colonial ruler of Laos), and Thailand (then known as Siam), signed a border treaty which later caused a dispute over the ownership of some border villages. Shooting broke out in 1984 over possession of three villages. Another cause of tension between the two Southeast Asian neighbors was the ongoing Hmong Rebellion in Laos. The rebels used bases in Thailand and often crossed the border to attack the Communist Laotian government.
Fighting broke out in December of 1987 in a dispute over land claimed by Laos, which considered the territory as part of the Laotian Botèn District in Xaignabouri and by Thailand as part of Chat Trakan District in Phitsanulok Province.
Following the cease-fire in 1988, the two nations developed improved relations and increased trade.
Total Casualties: Approximately 1,000 for both sides
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