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Population density map: Chindonesia refers directly to China, Indonesia, and India. But more liberally and interestingly, the greater region represents the greatest agglomeration of humanity supported by high annual monsoonal rainfall that sprouted ginormous agragian societies; this is less a political grouping than demographic and climatological; the Heihe–Tengchong Line becomes noteworthy in dividing where China's population, development, and economic output resides, and where its territory is sparse and wild (note the black lines). Similarly, the Himalayas and deserts represent potent barriers to large dense populations in the Indian Subcontinent. The entire region shares cultural overlap and links.

Chindonesia is a portmanteau word that refers to China, India and Indonesia, together.[1][2][3] The credit of coining the now popular term goes to Nicolas Cashmore, Jakarta-based Asia-Pacific Markets economist. China , Indonesia and India are 3 largest populations of Asia, and territorially cover the largest extent (Indonesia is smaller landwise than other Asian nations, but is longer at 3,400 miles tip to tip, including seas in between is more than any other Asian country.) Additionally, the two billion people giants share common cultural influences with Indonesia, through diaspora and history. However, defined in a population-centric way integrating the regions in between, Chindonesia may refer to the entire Asian region exceptional worldwide for the crushing bulk of population -- combined populations of East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia account for over 1/2 the world population and economic output.

Cultural Influences[edit]

The region has traditionally been influenced by two major civilizations -- India and China, and a host of other cultural powers during various periods of history, such as Java and Japan.

Common challenges[edit]

The region may be politically and ethnically diverse, but they do face a set of common challenges. Due to rapid urbanization, high population per unit of arable land, and pursuit of industrial economic models, the region suffers from not only local pollution, but transboundary pollution, periodic disasters (cyclones and earthquakes), environmental destruction and habitat encroachment, coastal erosion, dependence on energy imports, labor inefficiency[4], and increasing trends of lifestyle diseases[5].

See also[edit]

  • Chindia
  • Chimerica
  • India, China & America Institute
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Indo-Pacific


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