When crossing the border with China, to find shopping malls, theme parks and heritage tourism, all evidence of the growing consumerism is a major factor in the alliance of China with the Burmese junta. In the absence of competition from the west, China can not only stimulate the global market in what was the border, but can also put a considerable demand for natural resources in Burma. It could be the beginning, writes Thant, a new great game in which India and China play the role once occupied by British India and Tsarist Russia, with each aspiring superpower cautious about the other two applicants access the vast natural gas reserves off the coast of Burma, and all anxious to secure access to the Bay of Bengal and create an alternative transportation route for the large amount of fuel needed for its growth engine of China. not lost: a personal history of Burma
A study of the relations of Burma with its powerful neighbors
A country that lies between two superpowers applicant has some very difficult choices to make. However, Burma, in the upper half is located between India and northern China, south-west, seems to have always taken the wrong decisions for much of the 20th century and throughout the 21st. Emerged as a modern nation in 1948, the decolonization of Britain in a murder mystery, including complicated and traumatic, one year before independence, some of its most important leaders. His adversary system of democracy, marked by fighting between nationalists and communists, Buddhists, Burmese-speaking, better known as the Burmese and the predominantly Christian tribes, which soon broke out in a civil war.
Yet none of this is marked as an unusual country right now. His neighbors large India and China, and were actually still in its own crisis, which included the civil war and mass killings. However, when the Nationalist army seized power in Burma in 1962, the result was something like an army in possession of a State. And although the names of the councils of government have changed, the general in charge of displaced and even how the national economy rose from the "Burmese Way to Socialism" to capitalism, there was a military junta in power since more than half a century, the most inscrutable intentions of west. The favorite adjective for this meeting in the Western media, based in part on the fact that George Orwell was an imperial policeman in Burma in 1920, is "Orwellian."
where China meets India is an attempt to offer a nuanced portrait of Burma, especially the paradox is also a country seemingly static, without prejudice to the economic sanctions in Europe and the United States, suspended between two of the most dynamic, and rapacious, governments around the world. "Burma and the new crossroads of Asia," says the subtitle of the book and the author, Thant Myint-U, clearly apparent that this haven is a place where a kind of fundamental change is underway, with a color combination of ethnic militias, drug lords, sex workers, businessmen and migrants floating back and forth across a gray area border.
Travel Lashio in the northeast corner eastern Burma, Thant writes on the quasi-independent territory carved out by the United Wa State Army, former headhunters, former junta against the guerrillas, drug lords and now and the allies of the junta: .. 'dirt roads become of highways in China and much of the Wa region is located in the power grid of China, and even your Internet and mobile phones BlackBerry does not work in Rangoon, but do so in the Wa region. .. It's a dramatic change in the geography of Burma. What had been a distance closer to the new center. What were the mountain villages are now more modern mud in Rangoon. " Thant
, the influence of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam in the region - and becomes a sort of time traveler, wise and lonely, as it has in the windows crystal and plasma displays, but also reflects on the world happened. In these moments, when his work is permeated by a sense of history, the book has an optimistic and sincere welcome, giving voice to a desire for connection that transcends all notions of foreign policy, geopolitics and business and becomes, instead of people find each other in all its glorious difference Siddhartha Deb
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