A compelling account of ethnic conflict, drug barons and Chinese geopolitical ambitions. A rare, close-up look at the Wa of northeast Myanmar, a little-known hill people whose armed forces are the largest and best-equipped military non-state actor in the Asia-Pacific region. Reveals how the Wa have come to play a pivotal role in Beijing’s current efforts to extend its influence in Myanmar. Maps how China’s Belt and Road Initiative intersects with the Golden Triangle.