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Poppies, Power and Politics in Myanmar’s Kokang Conflict

The fighting that broke out in early February in Kokang, a part of northeastern Myanmar’s Shan State, has displaced tens of thousands of people, many of whom have spilled across the border into China. While officials in Beijing and Naypyidaw say the situation is under control, clashes that started in remote jungle could spread if other rebel groups join in.  The heart of the dispute is over who controls an area bordering China that has a long history in the region’s lucrative...

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