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Sao Edward Yang Kyein Tsai

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Edward Yang Kyein Tsai
Saopha of Kokang
In office
1949 – 17 May 1959
Preceded byYang Wen Pin
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Yang Kyein Tsai (楊振材)

Yamen, Kya Diling, Kokang
Died1971 (aged 52–53)
RelationsJimmy Yang Kyein Sein (younger brother)
Olive Yang (younger sister)
EducationRangoon University

Sao Edward Yang Kyein Sai OBE (Chinese: 楊振材; pinyin: Yáng Zhèncái, Burmese: စောယန်းကျိန်စိုင်း, 1918–1971) was the last traditional ruler (saopha) of the Chiefdom of Kokang from 1949, at the death of his father, saopha Sao Yang Wen Pin, until he abdicated in 1959.

Yang's sister, Olive Yang, was a prominent opium warlord, recruited by Khin Nyunt in the late 1980s to help broker ceasefires in Burma with ethnic rebel groups.[1]


  1. ^ Thant Myint-U (13 September 2011). Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia. Macmillan. ISBN 9781466801271.