Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia by Thant Myint-U
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 cities and towns across the three countries some well-known and prominent like Delhi, Yangon(Rangoon) and Beijing while some are obscure little places in Yunnan, Assam and Manipur etc.
The book’s main theme is about how Burma is slowly but surely becoming the center of the Asian political arena, if not the global political stage as China and India’s interests in the country grow larger but China might be way ahead of the game. It has become the new crossroads of Asia. In my opinion, the best parts of the book is when the author describes the sights, sounds and smells of the places he visits and my favorites being Yangon, Calcutta, Dali and the last but not the least Maymyo. Politics-wise, the author does not strike me as a harsh critic of the Chinese communist government or the Burmese military junta’s policies. And I feel like he did withhold some crucial information. He restrained himself from writing more about the political situation in Burma but there is substantial information about politics in Manipur, Assam, Bangladesh etc. In addition, he included a great amount of political struggles in places like Yunnan and Tibet too but he wrote limited information on Burma’s past and present political struggles. Maybe, he assumed that the audience already know about this? I like how the author could vividly establish links between the three countries past, present and future.
This is a great book if you haven’t found out anything about Burma, China or India and by reading this book and looking to find out at least something about the countries which are constantly heading the news(Chindia!), You will definitely gain some background on all the three countries history, politics and economies. Of course, the big picture here is the geopolitics and let’s wait and see whether the book’s optimistic endings will come true or not.
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By Thant Myint-U. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover: pp. Most current affairs observers tend to characterize Myanmar-China-India dynamics only in terms of the interests of Yangon, Beijing and Delhi. But the book reveals a much more complicated relationship with a detailed analysis of how the rural provinces of China and India are important drivers in national policy planning. Indeed, as the pages turn, it becomes more obvious that the policies dictated by governments in faraway capitals are themselves governed by the need to develop their rural areas and promote cross-border trade. The very first page of the Prologue posits that since imperial times China has searched for a back-door passage to India through the lands of present-day Myanmar.
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Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia
Open eBook Preview. 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.