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The Costliest Pearl


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Bertil Lintner writes for the Asia Times and various publications in Asia and Europe. He is a recognised expert on Burmese issues as well as ethnic minorities, insurgencies and narcotics in South and Southeast Asia. He has numerous books to his credit, most recently China's India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World.


'Meticulously chronicled . . . [an] illuminating view from the field.'
'Lintner's decades of reporting from all over Asia lend him shrewd insight into the region's geography and politics.' -- Foreign Affairs
'Lintner's book offers more than an account of Chinese efforts to extend its economic, diplomatic and military presence to the far-flung islands of the Indian Ocean. It is a primer on the history and politics of the Indian Ocean rim largely ignored by the mainstream media.' -- Global Asia
'A detailed and intriguing account of the rising Chinese superpower's Indian Ocean manoeuvres in a budding new cold war among atolls and island states. This is an indispensable reference tool for anyone interested in this region and in the future of our global order.' -- Lars Ellstroem, author of 'Road to Kashgar: Notes from a Walk through China'
'Four-fifths of the container traffic between Asia and the rest of the world, and three-fifths of the world's oil supplies, pass through the Indian Ocean. The new great game takes place here. This book is a comprehensive and enthralling guide to the Ocean's geopolitics, China's designs for the future of the region and the precarious search for balance. Highly recommended.' -- Bruno Macaes, author of 'Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order'

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