^ The Country
way towards accepting the suzerainty of China. But the influence of China has been social rather than political. The instinct of race has taught the two people their essential kinship, and if the Burman is proud of his quite mythical descent from the princes
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of India, he is much more in his daily life in sympathy with the Chinaman, in whom he recognises an " elder brother."
But the mountains wThich have hitherto preserved the nationality of this people are no longer a protection. The sea has opened the floodgates of invasion, and under the political supremacy of England, the economic