Feb 18, 2023Liked by Claire Berlinski, Vivek Y. Kelkar

“China is making fresh investments in roads and bridges along and over the Amur River, which borders Russia’s Far East and China.” (Vivek Kelkar)

For a fascinating description of the economic and cultural realities of this part of the world see,


The author, Colin Thubron, is the greatest living British travel writer. At the age of 80 he took what turned out to be a perilous journey along the full length of the Amur River. One thing the book describes is the increasing resentment on the Russian side of the river of the economic dominance and even imperialism of their Chinese neighbors.

The book is at the top of the list of books I read in 2022 (it was published in 2021). A book review from the New York Times can be found here,


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