BURMA: Neighborly Incursion

The 1,000-mile frontier between Burma and Communist China runs through some of the world's wildest country. In its southern reaches, the limestone mountains of the Shan States rise to almost 9,000 feet, and at its northern end, snowcapped Himalayan peaks push up to more than twice that height. At lower altitudes, an average annual rainfall of 200 inches produces thick jungle cut only by swift-running rivers and an occasional trail. Scattered through this wilderness is a confusing melange of primitive peoples—gentle Shans, timid Palaungs, and the warlike little Kachins who, under U.S. officers, harried the Japanese unmercifully throughout World...

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