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Cronies leave Burma ‘no longer resource rich in timber’

Burma is facing complete forest degradation unless it can clean up the crony economy.

DVB Debate: ‘How troubled is Burma’s relationship with China?’

This week’s DVB Debate comes at a time when Sino-Burmese relations are under the microscope.

Black market banking brings billions from China

As the illegal trade in jade, timber and drugs along the Sino-Burmese border appears unstoppable, black market banks have become a major channel for laundering criminal assets.

Will Burma’s timber ban curb or entrench corruption?

While the raw timber export ban is a step towards avoiding a regrettable transformation in one of Burma’s major industries, it may only work in tandem with more reforms that tackle the country’s deep-seated corruption.

Timber ban, effective in April, leads to wood export rush

Raw timber export is estimated to rise by 33 percent this year, in the lead-up to a nationwide ban on the commodity, according to the Myanmar Timber Merchants Association.

Burma and China affirm ‘strategic partnership’

China stresses importance of ensuring peace and stability along its Burmese border, while news surfaces that renewed clashes have broken out between Kachin rebels and govt forces.

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