Cashing In across the Golden Triangle
212 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
16 illus., 3 maps, notes, bibliog., index,
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Release Date:01 Nov 2011
ISBN:9786169005346
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Cashing In across the Golden Triangle

Thailand's Northern Border Trade with China, Laos, and Myanmar

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Historically, the Golden Triangle on the Mekong River has been a strategic yet largely impoverished crossroads between Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and southern China. In the latter half of the 20th century, it was known as one of the world's key opium-producing regions. The new transnational "economic corridors" connecting northern Thailand and southwestern China via key border towns in Myanmar and Laos have greatly increased the volume of trade and transshipment in the region. Logistical improvements via the highways and ports have transformed entire towns and districts in Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, bringing with them an influx of Chinese investment and tourism, and other population movements.

The transformation of the economy of the Golden Triangle is ongoing and relatively uncharted. There is evidence of unequal benefits to the countries involved. Combining official data, observations, and interviews with a wide range of participants in this new border economy, this book provides an important and unique perspective on the impact of the new economic linkages in the region.
The corner of the region known as the Golden Triangle remains bound to well-worm images of lawless Cold War-era drug trafficking, rather than evoking images of the complex and varied lives of the region's inhabitants today. This timely and detailed study provides an important corrective to static and dated images of Northern Thailand, Burma, and Laos. Like other places in the world, the Golden Triangle is in the process of being deeply transformed, and Cashing In ably tracks many of the changes. Jim Glassman, University of British Columbia
Thein Swe teaches economics, finance, and globalization at Payap University. Paul Chambers is research director at the South East Asian Institute of Global Studies, Payap University.
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