Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia

September 18, 2012|
Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia by Thant Myint-u
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Thant Myint-U's Where China Meets India is a vivid, searching, timely book about the remote region that is suddenly a geopolitical center of the world.

From their very beginnings, China and India have been walled off from each other: by the towering summits of the Himalayas, by a vast and impenetrable jungle, by hostile tribes and remote inland kingdoms stretching a thousand miles from Calcutta across Burma to the upper Yangtze River.

Soon this last great frontier will vanish-the forests cut down, dirt roads replaced by superhighways, insurgencies crushed-leaving China and India exposed to each other as never before. This basic shift in geography-as sudden and profound as the opening of the Suez Canal-will lead to unprecedented connections among the three billion people of Southeast Asia and the Far East.

What will this change mean? Thant Myint-U is in a unique position to know. Over the past few years he has traveled extensively across this vast territory, where high-speed trains and gleaming new shopping malls are now coming within striking distance of the last far-flung rebellions and impoverished mountain communities. And he has explored the new strategic centrality of Burma, where Asia's two rising, giant powers appear to be vying for supremacy.

At once a travelogue, a work of history, and an informed look into the future, Where China Meets India takes us across the fast-changing Asian frontier, giving us a masterful account of the region's long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

Title:Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of AsiaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.24 X 5.48 X 1.08 inShipping dimensions:400 pages, 8.24 X 5.48 X 1.08 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374533520

ISBN - 13:9780374533526

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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