How a rebel Myanmar tin mine may up-end a global supply chain

A tin mine is seen in Man Maw in ethnic Wa territory in northeast MyanmarBy Yimou Lee and Joel Schectman YANGON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world's largest consumer companies. More than 500 companies, including leading brands such as smartphone maker Apple , coffee giant Starbucks and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co , list among their suppliers Chinese-controlled firms that indirectly buy ore from the Man Maw mine near Myanmar's border with China, a Reuters examination of the supply chain found. The mine is controlled by the United Wa State Army (UWSA), which the United States placed under sanctions for alleged narcotics trafficking in 2003.

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