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Asked if he sees many wild animals in the forests nearby, the head of a village in Shan state near the Burma-China border quips, "You people from the big cities have a better chance to see animals than us, because you have zoos and we have an empty forest."
The signs of the continued cutting of trees are obvious. Everyday, dozens of trucks carrying varied sizes of logs head for the border town of Muse in north-eastern Burma, for export into neighbouring China.
"I travelled from Mandalay to Muse (463.3 kilometres and a twelve-hour journey by car) and on the way I passed at least 40 trucks loaded with heavy logs. I felt disturbed by what I saw," recounts Rangoon journalist Min Kyaw Soe about his trip to Muse, which borders China's south-western Yunnan province.
These truckloads of logs reflect the changes at the border. Biodiversity-rich Yunnan province banned logging in 1998. Thereafter, many timber companies moved to the Burmese side of the border, some clear-cutting in north...