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Secretive Jade Trade Estimated at Nearly Half Myanmar's GDP

Myanmar's jade industry is worth more than $30 billion annually, totaling nearly half of the country's gross domestic product, according to a report released Friday by an international group investigating misuse of resource wealth. “It's the best estimate that's available, so far,” said analyst Juman Kubba of London-based Global Witness. “What we actually want, though, is to get more information into the public domain so that more reliable figures can come out. There's...

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