On 9 August, a report from Global Witness says that the processes used to extract heavy rare earths are wreaking an environmental toll to meet Chinese and global demand. A 6-month investigation followed the outsourcing of the toxic industry across the Chinese border into Myanmar. It says that a mountainous area, the Kachin Special Region 1, has become the main source, despite the mining being illegal. Among the claims is that entities are registered as domestic businesses, but act as fronts for illegal Chinese investment and take a cut of the profits.
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