“Be kind, compassionate, and serene!”

Mong La: Business as Usual in the China-Myanmar Borderlands

“Be kind, compassionate, and serene!”

At the central market, Akha and Shan sellers mingle with hotel employees, Chinese visitors, and troops of the National Democracy Alliance Army (NDAA), one of seventeen rebel armies in northern Myanmar. In addition to the NDAA, around one thousand troops of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Special Region 4’s closest ally, are stationed in Mong La to help secure its autonomous status inside Myanmar.