There now exists an extreme level of Chinese involvement in Burma, Myanmar, because of the heavy Chinese involvement in the jade trade of Asia. Many, if not most, of Chinese jade retailers get their jade from vendors on the streets of Burma, a relationship that has existed for decades. This relationship can in fact be characterized as exploitive, to say the least. The Burmese people feel oppressed by the Chinese that have essentially set up shop in their city, and handily take advantage of their markets and merchants. With unabashed discrimination, the Chinese are open to both American reporters and the Burmese of their widely-accepted belief that the Burmese people are lower than they. One Chinese jade buyer described how “We only need to to pay $2.50 a day for labor.” Much of Burma is now developed housing and businesses of Chinese “new money,” having been capable of buying the land when the Burmese people were not. In more ways than one, the Burmese feel as though they are being invaded by a horde of racist patrons.

It is clear that the Chinese hold a high level of disdain for the Burmese, along with a large dose of lack of respect. Their hold on Burmese jade imports and exports has become a monopoly, as their cultural domineering has steadily grown.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no solution to the Burmese problem; they are in a position too fiscally and economically weak to outrun the Chinese influence from their markets. What laws or measures could be taken to change this grim situation in Myanmar?

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