7 Feb 2013It didn’t take much to have the grapevine buzzing with concern. A rumor,
said to originate in Myanmar, quickly spread to China. The gist of it was
that there was an official message from the Nayptitaw government about
plans to ban the export of raw jade stone starting sometime this year.
It was part of an alleged scheme to have the country’s new capital become
the go-to place for stone-cutting and polishing, giving a desired value-added
element to a very important export commodity.