Gold mining near Myitsone expanding under junta crony: report

Kachin businessman Yup Zau Hkawng is accused of acting as the kingpin for illegal mining operations near the source of the Ayeyarwady River

One of Kachin State’s most powerful businessmen is heavily involved in illegal gold-mining operations near the source of the Ayeyarwady River, according to a new report released this week.

Yup Zau Hkawng, a junta crony and owner of the Jadeland Company, has dramatically expanded his role in mining operations in the sensitive Myitsone region, the report by watchdog group Myanmar Resource Watch claims.

Myitsone, at the confluence of the N’Mai and Mali rivers some 28. . .

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