Facilitated by militia and military leaders, rare earth extraction in Kachin State near China has serious health, social, environmental and sovereignty implications.
Veteran journalist Bertil Lintner talks to The Irrawaddy about China’s goals in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s future role and how the military might be defeated.
A deadline has expired for Chinese-run copper mines in Sagaing Region to cease operations.
The ethnic army, which supports anti-junta fighters, believes the ban aims to cut off its mining taxes; it says it will wait and see how miners react before responding.
Nilar Yoma Gems Co. Ltd. once engaged in jade mining with military-owned MEHL in Sagaing Region but had been inactive for several years.
It is the second deadly landslide in three days in the Kachin State jade-mining hub.