The Va people live mainly in northern Burma, in the northern part of Shan State and the eastern part of Kachin State, near and along Burma's border with China. Their de facto capital is Pangkham in the unofficial Wa State in northeastern Shan State. The majority of the Va live in Burma. They were known as the "Wild Wa" by British administrators during Britain's colonial control of Burma. In China, they live in compact communities in the Ximeng (in Va: Meng Ka or Si Moung), Cangyuan, Menglian (Gaeng Liam), Gengma (Gaeng Miex or Gaeng Max), Lincang (Meng Lam), Shuangjiang (Si Nblaeng or Meng Meng), Zhenkang, and Yongde counties in southwestern Yunnan Province in China. Their population in China is estimated at around 400,000. The Va language belongs to the Mon_Khmer group of the Austroasiatic family. In China, a written language was created for the Va people in 1956. The Va are one of the 136 officially recognized ethnic groups in Burma.
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