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Thant Myint-Us 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 Asias 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 regions long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

Review:

"Policy analysis, travelogue, and history combine in the latest from former UN diplomat Thant (The River of Lost Footsteps). Focuses on his home country of Burma, and the area encompassed by a diameter of 1,000 miles drawn from the city of Mandalay on the edge of the Shan Plateau, Thant suggests that this corner of the world (with a population of 600 million) is destined to become a bridge between Bengal, Bangladesh, India's North Eastern Provinces, and China's Yunnan province. As China moves down to the coast, the pipelines, refineries, hydro-electric dams, and transmission lines presently under construction are setting the stage. Thant foresees conditions in which both Burma's military rulers and India will seek to balance China's outreach, with a flowering of economic potential as a possible result. Thant's knowledge of Burma's history, peoples, cultures, and kingdoms brings focus to his travels through the area. The constant interplay between his experiences and knowledge of the region make this book a gem, with myriad rare insights. "
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Synopsis:

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 Yangsi river.

In the next few years 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 Panama Canal—will lead to unprecedented connections among the three billion people of South Asia and the Far East.

What will this change mean—not just for commerce, but for history, for politics, for culture? Thant Myint-U is in a unique position to know. An American of Burmese descent, for years he has traveled regularly in the Asian no-man’s land that has Burma at its center. He has heard many of its hundreds of languages and dialects, encountered its mix of Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Muslims, and ruefully looked on as high-speed trains and gleaming shopping malls encroach on the last remaining forests and impoverished mountain communities. And he has pondered the new strategic centrality of Burma, where, with huge oil reserves newly found offshore, China and Asia will grapple for dominance.

Part travelogue, part history, part investigation, 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.

Synopsis:

Thant Myint-Us Where China Meets India is a vivid, searching, and timely book about a remote region that is suddenly becoming a geopolitical center of the world. From their very beginnings, the civilizations of China and India have been separated from each other, not only by the towering summits of the Himalayas, but also by the vast and impenetrable jungle, hostile tribes, and remote inland kingdoms that once stretched a thousand miles from where Calcutta is today, across Burma, to the upper reaches of Chinas Yangtze River.

       But in the next few years, this last great frontier will likely vanish - the forests destroyed, dirt roads replaced by superhighways and high-speed trains, insurgencies ended - leaving China and India closer together than at any time in history.  The great interior of China will also be connected to the Indian Ocean as never before. And this basic shift in geography, as profound as the opening of the Suez Canal, is taking place just as the centre of the world's economy is shifting decisively to the 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 Asias two rising giant powers appear to be vying for supremacy.

       Where China Meets India takes us across this fast-changing Asian frontier, giving us a masterful account of the regions long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

       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 regions long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

Synopsis:

Thant Myint-Us 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 Asias 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 regions long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

 

Synopsis:

Thant Myint-Us 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 Asias 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 regions long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

About the Author

Thant Myint-U, formerly a diplomat with the United Nations, now lives and writes in Bangkok, travelling from there to Burma, India, and China. He is the author of a personal history of Burma, The River of Lost Footsteps (FSG, 2006).  

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374299071
Author:
Myint U, Thant
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Myint-U, Thant
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Navigation
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Asia - Southeast
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 Maps, Notes, and an Index
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Policy analysis, travelogue, and history combine in the latest from former UN diplomat Thant (The River of Lost Footsteps). Focuses on his home country of Burma, and the area encompassed by a diameter of 1,000 miles drawn from the city of Mandalay on the edge of the Shan Plateau, Thant suggests that this corner of the world (with a population of 600 million) is destined to become a bridge between Bengal, Bangladesh, India's North Eastern Provinces, and China's Yunnan province. As China moves down to the coast, the pipelines, refineries, hydro-electric dams, and transmission lines presently under construction are setting the stage. Thant foresees conditions in which both Burma's military rulers and India will seek to balance China's outreach, with a flowering of economic potential as a possible result. Thant's knowledge of Burma's history, peoples, cultures, and kingdoms brings focus to his travels through the area. The constant interplay between his experiences and knowledge of the region make this book a gem, with myriad rare insights. "
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"Synopsis" by ,

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 Yangsi river.

In the next few years 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 Panama Canal—will lead to unprecedented connections among the three billion people of South Asia and the Far East.

What will this change mean—not just for commerce, but for history, for politics, for culture? Thant Myint-U is in a unique position to know. An American of Burmese descent, for years he has traveled regularly in the Asian no-man’s land that has Burma at its center. He has heard many of its hundreds of languages and dialects, encountered its mix of Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Muslims, and ruefully looked on as high-speed trains and gleaming shopping malls encroach on the last remaining forests and impoverished mountain communities. And he has pondered the new strategic centrality of Burma, where, with huge oil reserves newly found offshore, China and Asia will grapple for dominance.

Part travelogue, part history, part investigation, 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.

"Synopsis" by ,

Thant Myint-Us Where China Meets India is a vivid, searching, and timely book about a remote region that is suddenly becoming a geopolitical center of the world. From their very beginnings, the civilizations of China and India have been separated from each other, not only by the towering summits of the Himalayas, but also by the vast and impenetrable jungle, hostile tribes, and remote inland kingdoms that once stretched a thousand miles from where Calcutta is today, across Burma, to the upper reaches of Chinas Yangtze River.

       But in the next few years, this last great frontier will likely vanish - the forests destroyed, dirt roads replaced by superhighways and high-speed trains, insurgencies ended - leaving China and India closer together than at any time in history.  The great interior of China will also be connected to the Indian Ocean as never before. And this basic shift in geography, as profound as the opening of the Suez Canal, is taking place just as the centre of the world's economy is shifting decisively to the 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 Asias two rising giant powers appear to be vying for supremacy.

       Where China Meets India takes us across this fast-changing Asian frontier, giving us a masterful account of the regions long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

       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 regions long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

"Synopsis" by , Thant Myint-Us 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 Asias 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 regions long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
Thant Myint-Us 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 Asias 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 regions long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

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