Posts Tagged ‘Thant Myint-U’

Myanmar land-bridge between civilizations of India and China

September 13, 2011


1. Asia’s New Great Game by BY THANT MYINT-U

2. Migration period of ancient Burma from Wikipedia

China and India are both hungry for Burma‘s vast natural riches. But will Burma’s people pay the price or can this Southeast Asian backwater finally enter the 21st century?

When geography changes — as when the Suez Canal joined Europe to the Indian Ocean, or when the railroads transformed the American West and the Russian East — old patterns of contact disappear and new ones take hold, turning strangers into neighbors and transforming backwaters into zones of new strategic significance. Entire groups decline or vanish; others rise in importance.