By Thant Myint-U
Thant Myint-U's Where China Meets India is a bright, looking, well timed booklet concerning the distant zone that's unexpectedly a geopolitical heart of the realm.
From their very beginnings, China and India were walled off from one another: by means of the towering summits of the Himalayas, through an enormous and impenetrable jungle, through adverse tribes and distant inland kingdoms stretching 1000 miles from Calcutta throughout Burma to the higher Yangtze River.
Soon this final nice frontier will vanish―the forests lessen, airborne dirt and dust roads changed by means of superhighways, insurgencies crushed―leaving China and India uncovered to one another as by no means prior to. This simple shift in geography―as surprising and profound because the starting of the Suez Canal―will bring about exceptional connections one of the 3 billion humans of Southeast Asia and the some distance East.
What will this modification suggest? Thant Myint-U is in a distinct place to grasp. over the last few years he has traveled widely throughout this huge territory, the place high-speed trains and sparkling new purchasing department shops are actually coming inside of outstanding distance of the final far-flung rebellions and impoverished mountain groups. And he has explored the hot strategic centrality of Burma, the place Asia's emerging, titanic powers seem to be vying for supremacy.
At as soon as a travelogue, a piece of background, and an educated look at the longer term, 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 importance for the remainder of the world.