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Book Title: Where China Meets India: Burma and the Closing of the Great Asian Frontier. by Thant Myint-U|
Date of issue: August 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9780571239634
The author of the book: Thant Myint-U
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 857 KB
Edition: Faber & Faber
Read full description of the books Where China Meets India: Burma and the Closing of the Great Asian Frontier. 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.
Read information about the authorThant Myint-U was educated at Harvard and Cambridge University and later taught history for several years as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has also served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations, in Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat in New York. He is the author of a personal history of Burma, The River of Lost Footsteps.
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