Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia. BOOK REVIEW

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Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia. BOOK REVIEW

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:17 am

4 September 2017
Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
by Michael Vatikiotis
(Weidenfeld and Nicholson)
4 stars
A Cambodian proverb helps him explain the cycles of violence: when the water is high, the fish eat the ants; when the water is low, the ants eat the fish. He also cites another metaphor used in Southeast Asia (and elsewhere) about the pragmatism of the common folk: when elephants fight, stay out of the long grass.

The book is timely. Three tectonic political shifts are changing the way politics and business have functioned in Southeast Asia. The rise of China has brought fresh investment to the region and forced other countries to reconsider the balance of power. The waning American interest in the region raises concerns about security as well as trade: Southeast Asian nations have thrived in the past because of the US security umbrella and open American markets for their exports. And the growth of militant Islam troubles not only Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, but can cause repercussions beyond.
Full review: http://www.scmp.com/culture/books/artic ... heast-asia
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