Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

3 - An analysis on the Spatial Evolution and the Dynamic Mechanism of Non-governmental Commercial and Trading Exchange in China-Burma-India Adjoining Area

Saturday, July 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Chinar, First Floor

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The adjoining area of China, Burma and India (CBI) includes Yunnan and Tibet in Southwest of China, Kachin, Shan and other states in Burma, and 7 provincial states of Northeastern India. This area is the corridor of migration among CBI ancient ethnic groups. It is a nexus for promoting culture, economics and communication in CBI of which non-governmental commercial exchange is an important form. This paper trawls through the spatial evolution and spatial characteristics of multinational trading in this area, and refines the dynamics of the merchants. Specifically, the non-governmental trading in CBI adjoining area fortified those significant commercial centers by building the network between traditional trading routes like Southern Silk Road, which the national merchants were the core carrier of dynamizing the network as such. Although pursuing the best interest is the main dynamics, the non-governmental trading is a result of resource and product exchange and interaction and networking under the specific geographic circumstances during the struggle for living space. Ethnic groups’ need for survival and living in different geographic units is a prime motivation for the non-governmental trading. Along the un-fixed border, the ethnic groups established mutual trust as the safeguard through bartering during migration for the prosperity. The long-standing communication and mutual understanding is the key factor for sustainable development of non-governmental trading. 

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