With Asia in ferment, the eyes of the world focus today on its major military clashes. But elsewhere on this vast continent, in remote regions, men are waging smaller wars. Although these conflicts have gone virtually unreported, they too may have a decisive influence on Asia's future.


Cowell and camerman Chris Menges accompany a band of exiled Tibetan guerrillas from their base in the valleys of northern Nepal, over the snow-capped mountain ranges, down into Tibet. They ambush a Chinese convoy moving along one of the new strategic roads which are the potential mass invasion route to the south. The Tibetan guerrillas are capable of mounting much larger operations - if and when the time comes.


The soldiers who have the distinction of fighting the world's least publicised rebellion are the Shan guerrillas of Burma. There are 12,000 of them now fighting for their traditional rights of secession and local government. Will this growing army of rebels find a great leader? An important question — because the only road between China and Thailand runs through the Shan States.

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