Trade between the once-thriving border towns of Muse and Ruili is restarting after nearly three years, but remains restricted to a trickle of trucks, with Myanmar wary of the COVID-19 surge in China.
The regime's sudden decision has hobbled Myanmar citizens seeking better lives overseas and risks depriving migrant workers of legal protections, with rights groups suspecting a ploy to target dissidents.
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Plans for a deep-sea port as part of the ambitious New Yangon City project have been welcomed by the residents of five villages who are at risk of being washed away due to riverbank erosion.