Conflict and Development in the Myanmar-China Border Region
This report by Kachinland Research Centre analyzes three towns on the Myanmar–China border: Kan Pai Ti and Loi Je in Kachin State and Mu Se in northern Shan State. They are key sites in the growing cross-border economic integration between the two countries, offering an opportunity to examine the political economy of the Myanmar-China border region and the challenges faced by local communities. The research highlights how increased cross-border flows of investment and commodities interact with local conflict and economic dynamics in Myanmar’s border regions. In doing so, it reveals how local communities, ethnic armed organizations, militia groups, the Myanmar military, and Chinese businesses interact with one another in everyday life.