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Thai general's US$83b plan to clean up border town Mae Sot

Special economic zones, tax breaks offered to investors to develop former war zones

MOVING UP: Young Myanmar workers cross the Moei River daily looking for work in Mae Sot, where industrial estates harbouring air-conditioned factories are sprouting up.


FOR much of the past century, the Thai border town of Mae Sot stood on one of Asia's wilder frontiers. On the opposite bank of the swirling, mud-brown Moei River in neighbouring Myanmar, Karen insurgents waged a seemingly endless independence war. Smugglers trafficked guns, opium,...

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