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

Where China Meets India Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia 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

  • Title: Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia
  • Author: Thant Myint-U
  • ISBN: 9780374299071
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 thousThant 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.

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    1. A rather interesting book about the three countries of Burma, China and India and how Burma was, is being and will continued to be influenced by the government policies, economies and cultures of the two big neighbours. Reads like a personal memoir, a history, travelogue, a geo-political non-fiction and a current affairs book- a combination of several genres. The author Thant Myint-U(The River of Lost Footsteps) who is the grandson of the former UN Secretary General U Thant travelled to several [...]

    2. Way too much details of Historical past and their analysis than focusing on the present and future. Plus the book contains more information about Indian and Chinese history than about Burma (Myanmar). The author could have done justice by looking more into Burma and the present and the future and the whole geopolitics scenario rather than focus on the two neighbors alone.

    3. Thant Myint-U's new book delves deep into Burma and it's relationship with neighbouring monoliths of India and China. Throughout history's tide the drama and complexity of these relationships has ebbed and waned. Myint-U does a good job of capturing this perspective while simultaneously backgrounding the development of the international borders we are more familiar with today and their implications.As happenings around the perimeter of the Indian Ocean gain importance what happens in Burma will [...]

    4. I love the travelogue style writing with history embedded for each place. I'm not usually into history books but that one attract me to the end cuz of that travelogue style writing. That's fascinating to read and travel along with the writer from Rangoon to Yunnan then to Culculta and many other cities around the border of Burma, China and India and learn about the regions and history of these cities along the way. I feel like i actually wanna visit these places after reading this book. It's int [...]

    5. This is the third out of the four books I bought in Burma/Myanmar, and I recommend it if you're interested in the country and the surrounding region. Thant takes the reader to places that are barely more than a footnote in most history books and weaves them into a compelling narrative of common origins and a shared destiny.

    6. Part travelogue, part history, part commentary, this is an interesting book about a part of the world that is rarely in the news - Burma and the land-locked regions of north-eastern India and south-western China. There is a lot to learn about these regions in this book.The difference between the development of the Chinese south-west and the Indian north-east is striking. Will India ever catch up? Similarly, although Burma has a long historical affinity with India and Indian culture, the Chinese [...]

    7. A travel memoir of a Burmese scholar about an interstitial regions between China and India. Recommended for readers interested in history of 'zomia' from a Burmese perspective. The book lacks rigorous historical research, most instances and examples are opinionated and emerge out of personal experience. A definitive recent history of Burmese politics and its shifting fortunes as the nation suffering from trade embargoes by the US and allies. Wedged between two mighty civilizations, Burma continu [...]

    8. Enjoyed both this one and river of lost footsteps, but at one point the author briefly mentions the horrific amount of human trafficking (specifically of burmese women) from burma to china as one of the negative aspects of the relationship between the two nations and then continues the list by stating that this enslavement of hundreds of thousands of women 'pales in comparison' to the environmental impact of the same relationship. As if the two are comparable. As if he gets to make the call. Fuc [...]

    9. While the author does a good job of analyzing the historic (economic, cultural) links of Burma to China and India, I think the book suffers from being published at the wrong time. The "past" sections of the book are interesting and useful. The "present" sections i found next to useless because of the rapid changes taking place in the country today. The author tries to make amends with both an Epilogue and (!) and Afterword. But still, all bets are off when it comes to the future of Myanmar.

    10. The author makes a compelling argument that Burma is poised to become an important arena for the development of China and India's economies and foreign relations. Fantastic primer the history of the area that comprises Burma, its border with China, and what used to be the British Raj. The author is a great writer and infuses the right amount of drama/personality into what could've easily been a very dry book.

    11. I thought this book was great, but wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't already have historical and geographical knowledge of the region (especially of China). The majority of the book is about history and imperialism, and it taught me quite a few things about the amount of UK and US involvement in Burma. After reading, I am too convinced that Burma is and will become an even bigger pawn for the future of China's economic growth.

    12. The book is divided into 3 sections: One on Burma itself and the other two on China and India respectively. It has plenty of historical and cultural references & anecdotes on how Burma, china and India were connected in the past and how the present is shaping the future of the three nations. It is a good read, though I was slighly unhappy with it's non-linear narrative

    13. Great book! Learnt a lot about Burma and it's great frontiers with both India and China. Covers geopolitics and history but also analyses cultures (and ethnic conflicts) first thing I've read that's close to a travelogue and I loved it. Really want to visit Burma now!

    14. Excellent overview of the history of Burma, and the Chinese and the Indian regions bordering it. It really puts into perspective the geo political importance of this country's location. This should be mandatory reading for western and Indian diplomats trying to improve relations with the regime.

    15. It's coincidence that I read 'Where China Meets India' just a few weeks before the late summer 2017 spate of news stories about the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people by Myanmar's ruling military junta. However, there could hardly have been a better introduction to the geopolitics of that region or to the pitiful history of the Rohingya than Thant Myint-U's cogent summary of the history, politics and culture of Myanmar/Burma and the superpowers with whom it shares borders.I've read extensiv [...]

    16. A deep understanding and clear insights into intricate and delicate matters intertwining China, Burma and India in pursuit of development and stability in the frontier regions of culturally rich and diverse ethnicities.

    17. The book was a quick read and not as dry as I anticipated, but I was sorely disappointed that Burma was covered in only one third of the book, with the other two thirds being dedicated to China and India and a focus on the two's history. I liked that the book was current, in that it covered events through 2011, but the overall focus was certainly on the past and read mostly like a history book with bits of narrative woven in between. It was a bit disjointed in how he moved from random travel ess [...]

    18. This book is a mixture of travelogue, history and political speculation written by the son of the former Burmese Secretary General of the UN. Starting from Burma (Myanmar) itself, the author travels through the country and then visits neighbouring Yunnan in China and parts of Northeast India. The tone is conversational but the book is informative and particularly strong on the aggressive influence of China, which was encouraged by the West's isolation of the military regime. A clear case is made [...]

    19. Full of fascinating information and descriptions of places I've never been and know little about. The author knows Burma and China very well, and the first two sections of the book immerse the reader in descriptions of tribal history, with lots of colorful anecdotes, and the way things are currently, and where rapid change might lead. The India section feels less confident - perhaps because, as he states, he doesn't have the same deep experience there, or because he's trying to cover so much in [...]

    20. This is my third books written by Thant Myint-U and is also probably the best book I have read written by him. He is undoubtedly a great writer and has the unique skill of bringing to life long forgotten events.It's also a part travelogue and part history of Burma, China and India. The best part of the book is that it combines a history of Burma with travelogues from Northeast India and Southwest China. As Thant Myint-U observes, these regions are both important for Burma yet often get left out [...]

    21. This book is a travelogue: the first third covers Thant Myint-U's travels through Burma; the second third, his travels through Yunnan province in China; and the final third, his travels in India - New Delhi, Kolkata (Calcutta), and finally, India's northeast.Burma borders Yunnan Province and India's northeast, and connects India and China. Because it also borders the sea, it might also end the isolation of the land-locked Yunnan province and India's northeast. China has invested more aggressivel [...]

    22. I started reading the book after the great trip to Myanmar, connecting with an old local friend. Most of the feelings about the country are met, in that way I suppose the book to be a travelogue. I am satisfied after all to understand the vast historical, cultural and economical logic behind the current Burma. Some parts of the book are going a bit out of focus, as it gives a miniature of India and China. The section of India is not as ruch as China's, possibly due to the author intention. Never [...]

    23. This is a fantastically insightful book into the recent developments in India and China and their effect on SE Asia, with specific focus on Burma. A few of the travelogue portions feel thin and forced, but fortunately Thant Myint-U doesn't ever linger too long and spends far more time relating the history and current socio-political events of Burma, India, and China. And Thant Myint-U is unbelievably knowledgeableis book was published 5 years ago, but many of the things he predicted have unfolde [...]

    24. This is a book that is really about China and India, specifically the parts bordering Burma, not Burma. It is a mixture of travelogue and current events. It strives for balance between the two, but as it goes to modern involvement and influence in Burma, it is perhaps wishful thinking to give equal footing to India beside China. The real value of the book is in digging into the respective Indian and Chinese border provinces, both quite distinct from the main. The greatest weakness is that it com [...]

    25. I really enjoyed this book, which combines the stories of the author's travels in Burma and adjacent regions of China and India. with accounts of the area's history and geopolitics. It was a bit repetitive in the beginning: okay, okay, I understand that you believe Burma will play a critical role in world politics in the future. But that passed, and I can find nothing else to complain about. I recommend this one.

    26. Despite the subtitle, a large portion of this book is about China and India, and how they relate to Burma. There's a good helping of history for all three countries, but mostly inasmuch as it relates to the borderlands of Burma and the three countries' mutual relations. If you're looking for a history of Burma, this isn't it. But if you're looking for an interesting counter-narrative to the dominant presumption that China is the next superpower, this will give you what you want.

    27. The book dives deep into the intricate history of the the borderlands of India-Burma, Yunan-Burma. It traces back historical connections of the regions, the challenges of the borderland regions and explains the will of respective central governments to revive and develop these regions while looking into Burma as part of the solution. Sometimes, it dived into too much details of the past but the book connects the dots of the histories of 3 countries and the book is very informative in overall.

    28. Highly readable, well-researched and informed. I would have loved to have had pictures (maps too) included, but the text is so lively and vivid that I found myself conjuring images in my imagination instead. Some 5 years old, the text is inevitably behind current events in this rapidly-changing region; still, the quality and original perspective of this book make it compelling reading.

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