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Asymmetrical Neighbors: Borderland State Building between China and Southeast Asia

Enze Han


Asymmetrical Neighbors explains the variations in state building across the borderland area between China, Myanmar, and Thailand. It presents a comparative historical account of the state and nation-building processes in the ethnically diverse and geographically rugged borderland area where China meets Southeast Asia. It argues the failure of the Myanmar state to consolidate its control over its borderland area is partly due to the political and military meddling by its two more powerful neighbors during the Cold War. Furthermore, both China and Thailand, being more economically advanced than ... More

Keywords: state building, nation building, borderland politics, Myanmar ethnic politics, China, Myanmar, Thailand, China and Southeast Asia relations, China and Myanmar relations, China and Thailand relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190688301
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190688301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Enze Han, author
Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong