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Great Game East - India, China and the struggle for Asia's most volatile frontier

Great Game East - India, China and the struggle for Asia's most volatile frontier

By Bertil Lintner

ISBN 9789350293454

There was the 'Great Game', the complex political machinations of Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia in the nineteenth century; and there was the 'New Great Game', the conflict between the Western powers and Russia and China over Central Asia's oil and natural resources. But there is another Great Game that's playing out in Asia - one that will significantly impact the course of global politics. Bertil Lintner calls it the 'Great Game East'. On the eastern fringes of the Indian subcontinent, the rivalry between India and China grows ever warmer. The call of the Nehruvian era, Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai, was drowned out by the resistance in Tibet and the unrest in India's northeast, and the role the two countries played in these. The rivalry resulted in an on-the-ground battle in 1962, and an undeclared war since. Spies and agents from both countries have been stirring up trouble in the volatile frontier areas all these years. Besides, intelligence agencies of various other countries (the United States, among them) have also been keeping a sharp eye on the developments in the region, particularly India's northeast.

Strategically located at the crossroads of the Indian subcontinent, China and Southeast Asia, the northeastern states of India and the continuing armed strife in that sector hold the key to understanding the true complexity of the hostilities and political ambitions that Asia's two giants harbour. In the Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia's Most Volatile Frontier, Bertil Lintner - acknowledged as one of the foremost experts on insurgencies in the region - unpacks the layers and layers of complex political intrigues and spy networks that define the Great Game East.

A must-read for anyone who wishes to understand the political future of a continent, or indeed the world.

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world.wide.web: Chinese Migration in the 21st Century--And How it will Change the World

WORLD.WIDE.WEB: Chinese Migration in the 21st Century--And How it will Change the World

By Bertil Lintner

2012, 22 x 14 cm, 208 pp., bibliography, index, maps

ISBN 978-974-524-150-3 / US$ 23.00

For centuries past, often driven by political upheaval or famine, Chinese have migrated to southeast Asia and beyond, to far flung corners of the globe. Large old 'Chinatowns' in cities such as London, Toronto, New York and San Francisco attest to these earlier migrations.

Chinese continue to emigrate in large numbers in the 21st century-but this time around circumstances are different. Often encouraged and even facilitated by the Chinese state—officially or otherwise—modern migrants are often well educated and relatively affluent. And China today offers a myriad of opportunities to those who choose to stay. In this wide ranging new study, Lintner researches the locations, motives, perils and successes of modern Chinese migrants, as well as their potential impact on the rest of the globe.

Is the state sponsorship of such migration driven by China's expanding needs for energy, minerals, lumber and fish-or does it include more sinister motives? What is the likely impact of such migration on China's global diplomatic muscle? To what degree are new Chinese immigrants a 'fifth column' in their new homes? What is the role of Chinese 'triad' gangsters in this modern exodus?

All of these and many more issues are addressed in this timely first-hand report. A 'must read' for all China-watchers, or indeed for any who strive to understand the shifting dynamics of world power in the 21st century.

Read a review of World.Wide.Web from The South China Morning Post at Orchid Press.

Read a review of World.Wide.Web from The South China Morning Post at Orchid Press.

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world.wide.web: Chinese Migration in the 21st Century--And How it will Change the World

WORLD.WIDE.WEB: Chinese Migration in the 21st Century--And How it will Change the World

(in Korean)

By Bertil Lintner


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Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy by Bertil Lintner

Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy

By Bertil Lintner

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Great Leader, Dear Leader: Demystifying North Korea under the Kim Clan  by Bertil Lintner

Great Leader, Dear Leader: Demystifying North Korea under the Kim Clan

By Bertil Lintner

Great Leader, Dear Leader is an absorbing exposé of North Korea under the Kim clan—Great Leader Kim Il Sung and his son, Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. It traces the origin of the regime's ideology and investigates its attempts to fill its empty state coffers through missile technology sales and other unorthodox schemes. It examines the regime's relations with South Korea, the countrywide famine and the juche ideal, the "military first" policy, and the nuclear weapons program.

One of very few Western journalists to visit North Korea in 2004, author Bertil Lintner demystifies rather than demonizes the least known of the "Axis of Evil" countries by taking us behind the wall of secrecy and the many misperceptions that surround North Korea. He interviews Koreans from both sides of the divided peninsula, as well as ethnic Koreans in Japan and leading Korea experts, to present an intriguing analysis of what has been happening in this shrouded country, and what we might expect in the future. In 2004 Bertil Lintner, a Thailand-based foreign correspondent and author, received an award for excellence in reporting about North Korea from the Society of Publishers in Asia.

Great Leader, Dear Leader is published by Silkworm Books in Chiang Mai and available in all major bookshops in Thailand.

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University of Washington Press, PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096,
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The Asia Bookroom, Unit 1, 54/60 Weedon Close Belconnen, ACT 2617
Australia. Ph. 61 (0) 2 6251 5191; Fax 61 (0) 2 6251 5536.
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Horizon Books PTE LTD, Block 5 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2A, 05-12/14
Tech II Singaore 567760. Ph. (65) 6483 5953, Fax (65) 6483 5963

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Errata

p. 140, line 4 should read: Kim Chi O died from injuries sustained during his arrest and Zin Mo was hanged in 1985. But Kang Min Chul's life was spared because he cooperated with the prosecution.

p. 200, line 30: says "US$16.5 million," should read "US$165 million."

Correction to the Chronology

p. 213, line 16: says "the West Sea (which the Japanese call the Sea of Japan, term much resented in Korea)," should read "the West Sea (which is called the Yellow Sea on most international maps)"

p. 220, line 27: says "May 31-June 3," should read "June 23-26"


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Blood Brothers: Crime, Business and Politics in Asia by Bertil Lintner

Blood Brothers: Crime, Business and Politics in Asia

By Bertil Lintner

"While criminals may live outside the law, they have never been outside society. In Asia, there has always been a symbiosis between law and crime."

All over Asia bankers, gangsters, government officials and intelligence agents interact while organised crime networks threaten the rest of the world. Russian gangsters are active in New York, Miami and California; Chinese gangs run Chinatowns all over the United States and Europe; Vietnamese mobsters have taken over the heroin trade to Australia and the Japanese yakuza not only influence government and business at home, but chase the yen through Southeast Asia and Hawaii to Australia's Gold Coast.

Organised crime is one of the biggest and most complicated issues in the Asia-Pacific today. Both Western and Asian pundits assert that shady deals are an Asian way of life. Some argue that corruption and illicit business ventures - gambling, prostitution, drug trafficking, gun running, oil smuggling - are entrenched parts of the Asian value system. Yet many Asian leaders maintain that their cities are safer than Sydney, Amsterdam, New York and Los Angeles. Bertil Lintner knows this territory well. In Blood Brothers, he takes the reader inside the criminal fraternities of Asia andthe Far East, from Russian gangsters and Japan's yakuza to Taiwan's United Bamboo Gang and the Vietnamese Triad. In examining these networks, Lintner seeks to answer the question: How are civil societies all over the world to be protected from the worst excesses of increasingly globalised mobsters?

This is investigative journalism at its best and most relevant.

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Merchants Of Madness

Merchants of Madness: The Methamphetamine Explosion in the Golden Triangle

By Bertil Lintner and Michael Black

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Land of Jade: A Journey from India through Northern Burma to China by Bertil Lintner

Land of Jade: A Journey from India through Northern Burma to China
By Bertil Lintner

Bertil and Hseng Noung Lintner, and their baby daughter, born enroute, spent one and a half years traveling through northern and eastern Burma, from 1985-87. Throughout their account, they describe, with rare and deep insight, the struggle by northern Burma's ethnic groups against brutal Burmese army rule, and record the decline and fall of the Communist Party of Burma. During their incredibly arduous 2,275 kilometre trek, mostly on foot and at times in great danger, they recorded the history of a forgotten 40-year war, an account which otherwise would never have been committed to paper in such rich detail. Land of Jade further provides poignant descriptions of the efforts of simple ethnic tribes-people to forge lives amid the larger struggles of political antagonists, drug lords, foreign interlopers and assorted other opportunists-a situation that remains painfully relevant to many in diverse locations to the present day.

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The Kachin: Lords of Burma's Northern Frontier by Bertil Lintner

The Kachin: Lords of Burma's Northern Frontier
By Bertil Lintner

Remarkable for their military prowess, their receptivity to Christianity, and their intricate all-embracing kinship networks, the Kachins are a hardy mountain people living in the remote hills of northern Burma and on the peripheries of India and China. In this richly illustrated book, Bertil Lintner describes their history, religion, culture and social system. It was published in 1997 by the now defunct Teak House Books in Chiang Mai, Thailand, but is still available from CPA or AsiaBooks.


In Burmese

Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy (in Burmese, published in Yangon, 2012)

Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy (in Burmese, published in Yangon, 2012)

Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy (in Burmese, published by Lwin Oo Sarpay, Hledan, 2013)

Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy (in Burmese, published by Lwin Oo Sarpay, Hledan, 2013)

The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Burma (in Burmese, published by Lwin Oo Sarpay Hledan, 2013)

The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Burma (in Burmese, published by Lwin Oo Sarpay Hledan, 2013)

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The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB)
By Bertil Lintner
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Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy by Bertil Lintner -- click here to buy from Amazon.com

Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy
By Bertil Lintner
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Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency Since 1948 by Bertil Lintner -- click here to buy from Amazon.com

Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency Since 1948
By Bertil Lintner
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Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy (Korean) by Bertil Lintner

Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy
By Bertil Lintner
(in Korean, published October 2007)
Price: 16,000 Won (about US$15.60)
You save: 10% (if you order online)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Asianetwork (November 7, 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-89-960239-1-3

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The Golden Triangle (Audiobook) by Bertil Lintner / Narrated by Richard C Hottelet

The Golden Triangle
(Audiobook)

By Bertil Lintner / Narrated by Richard C Hottelet
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Thailand: mer än sol och stränder

Thailand: mer än sol och stränder
By Bertil Lintner
(in Swedish)
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An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia

An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia: The Illegal Trade in Arms, Drugs, People, Counterfeit Goods and Natural Resources in Mainland Southeast Asia
Edited by Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy. With articles by David Capie, Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy, Vanda Felbab-Brown, David Feingold, Bertil Lintner
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Sten Bergman

Sten Bergman : vår siste store forskningsresande
av Jens Sucksdorff, Henrik Ekman, Lena Haglund, Bertil Lintner
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Burmas Historia

Burmas Historia
Bertil Lintner
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