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Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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[A] blend of personal reminiscence, history--enlivened with an eye for the telling anecdote--travelogue and polemic. (The Economist)
[Where China Meets India] possesses a heartfelt and welcome optimism, giving voice to a desire for connections that exceeds all notions of foreign policy, geopolitics or business and becomes, instead, about people encountering each other in all their glorious difference. (Siddhartha Deb, The Guardian)
Thant Myint-U makes clear in Where China Meets India [that] Burma's days as a neglected backwater are over. (Tim Johnston, Financial Times)
This is probably the best book written on Myanmar after 1988. It is a must-read not only for diplomats, political analysts and CEOs of multinationals but also for readers who enjoy racy narrative, fascinating accounts of a bygone era, of Shangri-La, kings and generals, intrigue and heroism, the Tarons, remnants of the only known pigmy race in mainland Asia, and the lives of common people in some of the remotest parts of the region in and around Myanmar. (Bhaskar K Mitra, Business Standard)
Thant's knowledge of Burma's history, peoples, cultures, and kingdoms brings focus to his travels through the area. The constant interplay between his experiences and knowledge of the region make this book a gem, with myriad rare insights. (Publishers Weekly)
An illumining look at a country torn between two emerging superpowers . . . In a whirlwind tour through Burma's history, politics, culture and geography, Myint-U makes a successful case for its importance in South Asia's future. (Kirkus Reviews)
Interweaving the history and geography of Burma (Myanmar) with a travel memoir, Thant (The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma) narrates the compelling story of his journey through this rapidly evolving region rich in culture and heritage . . . A highly readable and entertaining foray into the complex history of this ancient land, this book will be of interest to lovers of history and travel writing. (Allan Cho, Library Journal)
'Asia' is already the 21st century's most contested term. For some it represents a block comprising most of the world's population, for others a region rife with historical rivalries. In this engaging narrative, Thant Myint-U shows us how Asia is still under construction, with new ports, canals, railroads and passageways are knitting together a continent. Most interestingly, these new Silk Roads enjoin the world's two most populous nations, China and India, via Burma, a land of incredible diversity and promise, but also despair and risk. If the presumed geopolitical rivalries in Asia are to be averted, it will be by following Thant's road-map. (Parag Khanna, author of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order and How to Run the World)
Where China Meets India is a rare find, an ambitious, comprehensive work that is at once entertaining and illuminating by a leading scholar on Burma. (Andrew Pham, author of The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars)
About the Author
Thant Myint-U was educated at Harvard and Cambridge Universities 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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This book must be read by US diplomats, politicians and business leaders because the Sleeping Giant, aka China, has awaken and has made great inroads in Burma, a country which also holds strategic importance for the US and other Western economies. While Washington has come to the party late, it's better late than never and Burmese people will embrace Americans. This book provides context and deep insights as to why the Burmese people will embrace Americans, whose own nation too was once a British colony.
Through this book, one can see the parallels between Ancient Rome (and Greece) and Ancient Burma. This book is a call to diplomats and business executives from all nations to take heed of what China has been able to achieve in Burma and Yunnan. The players in the dysfunctional and inept Washington Establishment, particularly those in the Obama Administration, could learn tremendously from this book. As they say in academia, publish or parish. For Washington, it's get your HOUSE in order, or China will in fact become way too powerful.
This book shows why Burma, with its nascent democratic tendencies, should be embranced and helped by the West. Burma will soon assume a signficant role in the calculas that determines the balance of power among all major economies, including BRIC, USA, Europe and even the Middle East. This book helps one appreciate Burma's significance, which China has long realized and thus began ramping up its investments in Burma after the Cold War.
The book is densely packed with insightful facts, but easy to read.
This book is a key guide to this increasingly important area, written in an easy-to-read yet highly informative style.
James A Hanson
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Gets a bit too deep in the history at times with a level of detail that 99% of readers (myself included) will not absorb.Read more