On Myanmar border, a city thrives

Opening-up has played a key role in the economic development of Tengchong, Yunnan province, both in the past and today, local authorities say. “It is not hard to see that all the economically active periods in Tengchong’s history were those when we had close contacts and deep exchanges with South and Southeast Asia, and the […]

Behind the gems and jewellery shine

The gems and jade industry attracts its share of interest and controversy. Given Myanmar’s endowment of the precious jewels, it’s a huge revenue-generator – a Harvard report issued in 2013 estimated it brought in US$8 billion in 2011. Yet most of that revenue comes from exporting unprocessed jade and gems, and industry body the Myanmar […]