Then, the Japanese tried to develop the offensive side of the Sino-Burmese border. In this case, they attracted industries that created the Chiang Kai-shek in the border province of Yunnan. Grab this industrial center is for the Japanese command a very tempting target. However, the Japanese troops, far from cut off from sources of supply, met with stubborn resistance of Chinese connections and were forced to stop the onslaught in this area. In the West, the Japanese came to the India-Burma border, where the attack stopped and engaged in the equipment of its new frontiers. During operation the British Burmese have lost up to 30 thousand. Man. About half of them considered "missing". As a rule, they were Burmese, deserted from the ranks of the British Army. Japanese losses were about 7 thousand. chelovek.Vskore after the capture of Singapore to the Indian Ocean became a strong Japanese fleet with several aircraft carriers. April 5 Japanese planes attacked the port and airport of Colombo in Ceylon. In the days that followed the Japanese planes and ships sunk one British aircraft carrier, two heavy cruisers and a number of merchant vessels. British commanders, fearing the complete defeat of his fleet, took its remains to the east coast of Africa. Shipping allies in the Indian Ocean was paralyzed.