The perfect place to see the close economic ties between China and Myanmar is at the vibrant jade market in the Chinese border town of Ruili.
Myanmar traders such as 47-year-old Soe Paing sell raw jade - one of the Southeast Asian country's many natural resources - in the most important trading hub between the two longtime allies. His family has been in the jade trade for generations.
"Chinese people didn't just start to like jade. They have always liked jade and used it for thousands of years," he said while examining various pieces of raw jade in his shop-office. "Our business depends mainly on China though since other countries are not as fond of jade as the Chinese."
What's happening in Ruili is part of a bigger geopolitical game between China and the West.
Because of major changes in the country also known as Burma, the West is fighting hard to lure the once isolated nation onto its team. However, Beijing, Myanmar's largest trading partner, is trying to use its economic clout to draw its neighbor under its influence.