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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Foreign visitor arrivals are up sharply and are expected to reach “at least 3.5 million”, up from 2.9 million last year, but there’s concern about the longer-term impacts of the crisis in Rakhine State.
A small but growing group of Buddhists is fighting a determined campaign against the extreme nationalist rhetoric and hate speech that it says is a violation of what the Buddha taught.