Myanmar: The periphery cannot hold

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Made in China?

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Myanmar

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Things fall apart along a violent stretch of the Myanmar-China border. Two reports look at the conflict from each side

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LASHIO, SHAN STATE

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MOST people think of Myanmar as one of the world’s few encouraging stories. Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s longtime democracy activist and Nobel prize-winner, sits in parliament rather than under house arrest. America has begun lifting sanctions. The government has signed bilateral ceasefires with most of the myriad ethnic armies which have been fighting against it, bringing communal violence to its lowest level in decades.
But strife in Kokang, a little-noticed region of Myanmar bordering China, is testing how much of that progress is real. Fighting broke out on February 9th, when Phone Kyar Shin (also known as Peng Jiasheng), an octogenarian warlord, launched a …<div class="og_rss_groups"></div>