By Thant Myint-U
From their very beginnings, China and India were walled off from one another: by means of the towering summits of the Himalayas, by means of an unlimited and impenetrable jungle, by way of adversarial tribes and distant inland kingdoms stretching one thousand miles from Calcutta throughout Burma to the higher Yangsi river.
In the following couple of years this final nice frontier will vanish—the forests curb, dust roads changed via superhighways, insurgencies beaten, leaving China and India uncovered to one another as by no means earlier than. This easy shift in geography—as surprising and profound because the establishing of the Panama Canal—will bring about extraordinary connections one of the 3 billion humans of South Asia and the some distance East.
What will this transformation mean—not only for trade, yet for background, for politics, for tradition? Thant Myint-U is in a distinct place to grasp. An American of Burmese descent, for years he has traveled usually within the Asian no-man’s land that has Burma at its center. He has heard a lot of its countless numbers of languages and dialects, encountered its mixture of Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Muslims, and ruefully appeared on as high-speed trains and sparkling buying department stores encroach at the final ultimate forests and impoverished mountain groups. And he has contemplated the hot strategic centrality of Burma, the place, with large oil reserves newly stumbled on offshore, China and Asia will grapple for dominance.
Part travelogue, half historical past, half research, Where China Meets India takes us around the fast-changing Asian frontier, giving us a masterful account of the region's lengthy and wealthy historical past and its surprising value for the remainder of the area.
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