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Myanmar Junta Admits ‘Challenges’ in Fighting Opium Cultivation, Meth Production

Myanmar Junta Admits ‘Challenges’ in Fighting Opium Cultivation, Meth Production

By Sebastian Strangio
The military says it stepping up its fight against narcotics, without reckoning with its own role in the recent boom in production.

Patrick Winn on the Narco-Economy of Myanmar’s Wa State

Patrick Winn on the Narco-Economy of Myanmar’s Wa State

By Sebastian Strangio
“Without heroin and meth, the state probably wouldn’t exist, and the Wa would be one more indigenous people preyed upon by Myanmar’s military.”
China Establishes Temporary ‘Border Control Zone’ to Fight Myanmar Scam Operations

China Establishes Temporary ‘Border Control Zone’ to Fight Myanmar Scam Operations

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement comes after a rash of deportations of alleged Chinese scammers from rebel-held regions of eastern Myanmar.

109 Telecom Fraud Suspects Deported From Myanmar To China

109 Telecom Fraud Suspects Deported From Myanmar To China

By Sebastian Strangio
Beijing's strategic interests in Myanmar and mainland Southeast Asia ensure that the crackdown on transnational criminality is likely to remain partial and selective.

How Myanmar’s United Wa State Army Responded to COVID-19

How Myanmar’s United Wa State Army Responded to COVID-19

By Yaolong Xian
The country's most powerful armed rebel group has played a prominent role in battling the pandemic in the areas under its control.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Shan State Exemplifies China’s Tangled Myanmar Ties

Shan State Exemplifies China’s Tangled Myanmar Ties

By Tom Fawthrop
China’s endorsement of the junta lays the basis for a boom in trade with the fractious eastern state – or so Beijing hopes.

The Wa Art of Not Being Governed

The Wa Art of Not Being Governed

By Dominique Dillabough-Lefebvre 
The Wa are keen to shed their image as Myanmar's drug lords or China's proxies.
Myanmar's Unhappy Rebels

Myanmar's Unhappy Rebels

By Neil Thompson
Dissatisfaction with the government's approach to peace talks could lead to renewed conflict in Myanmar's north.

A Wrench in Myanmar's Peace Process

A Wrench in Myanmar's Peace Process

By Daniel Combs
Armed opposition groups create their own alternative to the NLD government's Panglong Peace Conference.

Myanmar’s Cease-Fire Deal Comes Up Short

Myanmar’s Cease-Fire Deal Comes Up Short

By Joshua Kurlantzick
The agreement is missing some important signatures.

China Derailing Myanmar Peace Talks: Top Negotiator

China Derailing Myanmar Peace Talks: Top Negotiator

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Senior official says it is “time to stop whispering” about Beijing’s meddling.
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