An escalation in fighting between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw near the town of Mong Ko on the China border has emptied villages, while inflaming longstanding tensions over who controls the area.
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The Dawei Special Economic Zone has fuelled high hopes for a development boom at the Tanintharyi Region border post of Htee Khee, but the main business in the area is casinos at nearby jungle resorts.