Special Report: Myanmar old guard clings to $8 billion jade empire




 
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Special Report: Myanmar old guard clings to  billion jade empire
 
September 29th, 2013  
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Special Report: Myanmar old guard clings to  billion jade empire
By Andrew R.C. Marshall and Min Zayar Oo HPAKANT, Myanmar (Reuters) - Tin Tun picked all night through teetering heaps of rubble to find the palm-sized lump of jade he now holds in his hand. He hopes it will make him a fortune. It's happened before. "Last year I found a stone worth 50 million kyat," he said, trekking past the craters and slag heaps of this notorious jade-mining region in northwest Myanmar. That's about $50,000 - and it was more than enough money for Tin Tun, 38, to buy land and build a house in his home village. ...




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