Review: Where China Meets India by Thant Myint-U

The political changes in Myanmar this year have been extraordinary. Nobel prize-winner and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, free after nearly 25 years of off-again, on-again house arrest, won a parliamentary seat and is being talked about as a possible president in 2015. Censorship has been abolished. Dissidents who fought the government have been allowed back. After five wasted decades, change is coming to a country of some 60 million people, a change symbolized with the path-breaking November 2012 visit of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Although Thant Myint-U’s latest book was written before this remarkable political opening, the latest work by one of the most perceptive chroniclers of contemporary Myanmar is unique in its ability to situate the country in a regional context…

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