BBC News – Viewpoints: How serious are China-Japan tensions?

Excellent summary of  the current tensions in the South China Sea and China’s territorial claims in the waters of the region from five informed writers approaching the subject from divergent and principally partisan positions. . BBC News – Viewpoints: How serious are China-Japan tensions?.

Long Reliant on China, Myanmar Now Turns to Japan for Help – NYTimes.com

Good background on Burma/China/Japan relations by Thomas Fuller of the NYT

 

Long Reliant on China, Myanmar Now Turns to Japan for Help – NYTimes.com.

The Vanishing Tribes of Burma – Richard K Diran

Thanks to the suggestion of my old friend Denis Gray in Thailand I just returned home to find a wonderful book on Burmese Hill Tribes called The Vanishing Tribes of Burma by gemologist and photographer Richard K Duran waiting for me on my doorstep in Cambridge. A beautifully printed and subtle portfolio of portraits of many of the ethnic hill tribes photographed in Burma but found in settlements that straddle the hills and mountains of North East India, China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Diran Art – Home.

Book review: The Meadow – Lifestyle – DNA

I have just read this outstanding investigative book in the murder of 5 western tourists in Kashmir in 1995. It sheds a lot of light on the politics of the region, a terrific resource for those of us interested in Kashmir.

 

Book review: The Meadow – Lifestyle – DNA.

Special Report: Suu Kyi’s perilous pivot from icon to party boss | Reuters

Interesting read from Andrew Marshall.

Special Report: Suu Kyi’s perilous pivot from icon to party boss | Reuters.

Kachin, Shan “may become” superpower hotspots

Prescient article on Burma.

 

Kachin, Shan “may become” superpower hotspots.

People & Power – Blood and Gold: Inside Burma’s Hidden War – YouTube

People & Power – Blood and Gold: Inside Burma’s Hidden War – YouTube.