Wen Jiabao, China's premier, is to make an official visit to Myanmar this month, the first by a senior Chinese leader in nearly 10 years.
China is the closest and most powerful ally of Myanmar's military leaders, but Chinese policy towards Myanmar is not as homogenous as many might expect.
Provinces along the border often take their own decisions with regards to relations with Myanmar.
Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports from the southern province of Yunnan.
Source: Al Jazeera