Great Game East


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India, China, and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier

Bertil Lintner

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Since the 1950s, China and India have been locked in a monumental battle for geopolitical supremacy. Chinese interest in the ethnic insurgencies in northeastern India, the still unresolved issue of the McMahon Line, the border established by the British imperial government, and competition for strategic access to the Indian Ocean have given rise to tense gamesmanship, political intrigue, and rivalry between the two Asian giants. Former Far Eastern Economic Review correspondent Bertil Lintner has drawn from his extensive personal interviews with insurgency leaders and civilians in remote tribal areas in northeastern India, newly declassified intelligence reports, and his many years of firsthand experience in Asia to chronicle this ongoing struggle. His history of the “Great Game East” is the first significant account of a regional conflict which has led to open warfare on several occasions, most notably the Sino-India border war of 1962, and will have a major impact on global affairs in the decades ahead.

Bertil Lintner has written for numerous publications including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Asia Times Online, the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, and Politico. He lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
“Lintner is a gifted storyteller who compellingly and spellbindingly narrates the panoramic story of the strategic chess match between China and India. Great Game East provides a balanced, sober, eloquent and fascinating account of a geostrategic game that is only bound to become more intense in the coming years.”—Shalendra Sharma, author of China and India in the Age of Globalization and Global Financial Contagion: Building a Resilient World Economy after the Great Recession

“With Great Game East Bertil Lintner burnishes his reputation as one of the world’s leading journalists on Southeast Asia. Every page of this fascinating book demonstrates his deep knowledge of the region born of years of  first rate reporting, impressive research and passionate interest in Asian geopolitics.”—Nayan Chanda, author of Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers and Warriors Shaped Globalization

“Lintner shines a bright light on one of the most obscure corners of Asia.”—Foreign Affairs

“This book is as authoritative as it is intriguing.”—Literary Review

“This is a timely and important work that sheds light on the important geopolitical developments occurring in South Asia. . . . If indeed we are in the Asian century, Lintner’s Great Game East will be an important guide to our understanding of how this came about and what to expect in the immediate future.”—Asian Review of Books

“[A] most welcome contribution. Lintner, a journalist of considerable repute, writes with authority, clarity, and verve about the tangled skein of ethnic tensions, state responses, and political chicanery that have long characterized this region.”—Sumit Ganguly, Pacific Affairs

“Strongly illuminating. . . . The creative work of [Lintner] is . . . innovative and pathbreaking.”—Edward Friedman, China Review International
ISBN: 9780300195675
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
376 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
34 b/w illus.

Sales Restrictions: World excluding Indian subcontinent