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Nov 17, 2021 09:03 PM
CHINA

Photo Essay: Lockdown After Lockdown Takes the Shine off Ruili’s Jade Trade

A group of Myanmese businessmen gather around a livestreamer selling jade products in Ruili, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, in April 2020.
A group of Myanmese businessmen gather around a livestreamer selling jade products in Ruili, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, in April 2020.

Repeated Covid-19 outbreaks have drawn attention to a small Chinese city bordering Myanmar, where months of strict lockdown measures have forced many merchants working in its thriving jade industry to shut shop and leave.

Taking advantage of the rich jade resources across the border, many residents of Ruili, Yunnan province, make their living by selling and processing imported jade or in industries which depend on the commerce.

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