|Myanmar and China are said to be stepping up efforts to clamp down on the illegal timber trade. Seized timber in Kachin State on February 22, 2014. Photo: Mizzima|
The Myanmar and Chinese authorities plan to crack down on illegal timber trading routes along their long mutual border.
|Media reports say 100 foreigners and 20 Myanmar nationals have been arrested at the beginning of January in connection with illegal logging in Kachin State. Aerial view of logging trucks in Kachin State in January 2015. Photo: Ministry of Defence|
More than 100 foreigners and 20 Myanmar nationals have been arrested for illegal logging in an area of Kachin State near the border with China, media reports said on January 6.
Myanmar lodged a diplomatic protest with China last year over the illegal export of timber and minerals from protected areas of Kachin State, President’s Office Minister U Soe Maung told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on February 26.
The Myanmar local military authorities have arrested 31 timber smugglers along with some small firearms and ammunition in a special operation against illegal logging and timber smuggling in Mansi, northernmost Kachin state, state media reported Friday.