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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Soaring mobile phone use has driven a boom in installing rooftop transmission towers, and some companies are striving to ensure that they intrude on urban skylines as little as possible.
The breakdown in trust between nationwide ceasefire non-signatories and the government and military can only be overcome through better communication, and in particular regular informal talks.