Chindonesia is a portmanteau word that refers to China, India and Indonesia, together. 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.
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.
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, and increasing trends of lifestyle diseases.
- India, China & America Institute
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