October 5, 2007

Free Burma

Free Burma!

Truth is, China, Burma’s top trading partner and the nation most able to influence Burmese Generals is more interested in preserving its economic and strategic assets.

Joining the chorus; bloggers the world over uniting to post for the Burmese! I extend my gratitude to bloggers “Big Girl Pants” and “Confessions of a Closet Republican” for bringing this worthy endeavour to my attention.

In some of the latest developments on the crises:

The European Union has put forward a resolution urging the 47 member UN Human Rights Council to “condemn the continued violent repression of peaceful demonstrations” and call for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Kyi and other political prisoners.

Added Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour, “The shocking response … is only the most recent manifestation of the repression of fundamental rights and freedoms that has taken place for nearly 20 years”, she said.

Amnesty International has welcomed the council’s session but expressed concern at Russia and China’s moderate approach. The Russians say that Burma’s problems should be solved by peaceful dialogue and democratic changes without pressure from outside, whilst China still refuses to take sides instead urging, “all parties” to exercise restraint.

Truth is, China, Burma’s top trading partner and the nation most able to influence Burmese Generals is more interested in preserving its economic and strategic assets. With oil contracts worth billions and oil pipeline projects planned, the Chinese continue to resist efforts by the U.N. and the U.S. Burma’s natural resources include the worlds 10th largest gas field, a fact not lost on some of China’s leading energy companies.

Your comments are most welcome

25 comments:

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

While China is keeping a, "neutral,"stance in public because of their desire to put the good foot forward for the upcoming Olympic Games, they are actually up to their ears in this Burma mess and the regime there is most likely a Chicom puppet.

Paul Champagne said...

I agree with liberal lie, the Chinese have their hooks into almost every government in China.

Karen said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Burma post today.

Jeb Koogler said...

China is definitely the lynchpin here, but what exactly is the US doing about this crisis? Shockingly little. There has been so little attention from Washington that it's painful. Is Laura Bush's brief appearance on VOA really the best response that we can come up with?

Tapline said...

First time reader. This was an excellent post. Although, I do not have first hand knowledge of Burma, I have been to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and S.Vietnam so I do have a glimpse of how the people in that part of the world live. It really saddens me to know that the military is slaughtering the residents. At least they haven't, as yet killed the woman activist, Sorry, I forget her name, but the protesters were allowed to march by her house while protesting before it got out of hand. Thinking about the situation there. I wonder if "spheres of influence" is at play again. That is, Its not our problem, but we will express our displeasure, and thats all..I haven't heard any comment from Presidnet Bush,,,maybe he has said something and I didn't hear it..Anyway,,,good post...stay well....

American Interests said...

Tapline: I welcome you to American I, probably the reason you have not heard much from the President is because the issue is not pronounced enough in the U.S. Admittedly America could do more.

Karen: Thank you and Welcome to American I!

Jeb: You ae right the U.S. could do more

Lib lie and P Champ: Like I said, Chinese self interests

Incognito said...

Ah the painfully useless U.N!!

And not just trading issues, in my opinion... China *has* to remain neutral because if it advocated action in any form it would be, in essence, sanctioning action against itself if there were ever to be another pro-democracy movement there that they were forced to squelch.

I've heard that there have probably been 1,000s killed so far. Apparently, Sylvester Stallone witnessed some of the atrocities.

Again, the world stands by and does zilch!

TRUTH-PAIN said...

In this man's view, China stopped putting its political philosophy at the head of it's spear a few years ago. The reason? two words (amongst other...), Wall-Mart. China is growing at an extraordinary 12% GDP a year... a YEAR!. You heard it here first, they are not going to risk the obcene advantage of trade they have with the US of A just to prop up Burma's junta. The phone lines are cooking hotter than noodles right now,....
The days of of the Chinese empire being based on Communism are over,... they know the drill.

heidianne jackson said...

and remember that while china's gdp is growing that incredible rate, their people are not seeing a matching increase in fashion of living. it's very sad and we should all be doing more. the u.n. isn't going to do anything because they have too many human rights violaters sitting on that particular council.

American Interests said...

Incog: accurately put, thanks.

TP: You put it bluntly. And the Wal mart factor is more than significant ...

HJackson: Great comments Heidianne, visit again wont you ...

Elaine said...

Excellent post and great comments from everyone. I too am shocked at how little the US has done! And I have no faith in the UN anymore.

Conservative Chic said...

Very informative post. The U.N. is basically useless, but that is not surprising. You can expct no help from China or Russia, they are only looking out for themselves.
China seems to be causing trouble more and more lately. I don't understand why we don't seem to be taking more interest in their actions.

I really enjoy your blog, very informative! I hope you don't mind if I add you to my blogroll.

TRUTH-PAIN said...

... AI,
Jenn is picking up steam in her traffic,... I am happy she found you. I think you will enjoy the banter in her side of the woods :)

American Interests said...

Elaine: Really nice of you to visit and comment, I appreciate!

CC, Jen:

http://jennsjourneyasaconservativechic.blogspot.com/

I think yours is an outstanding blog too! Thanks, and you may expect the site in my blogroll.

TP: I agree!

WomanHonorThyself said...

hi there!..China is guilty and the Useless Nations will no nothing to ameliorate...great work my friend!

Yehudi01 said...

I enjoy your blog here, mate! It is tragic that the US wouldn't do more for Burma. Thanks for a great blog!

David Schantz said...

I was to late for the Oct 4 post for Burma. I have read a little about the protest. Very little. It's a shame that our main stream media wants us kept in the dark.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Jim Fryar said...

Seeing you are in my neck of the woods come over for a yarn at Thoughts on Freedom sometime.

American Interests said...

yehudi01:

http://yehudi01.blogspot.com/

Welcome to my blog and thanks for the notes of appreciation. Will pay a visit to yours soon.

davidshantz:

http://arepublic.blogspot.com/

Thanks David. God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

jfryar:

http://jimunro.blogspot.com/

Welcome Jim. Good to see an Australian has visited and left a comment. It's been somewhat of a challenge, engaging fellow Australians on this blog. I have the 'Real World Libertarian" blog in my sites to visit.

Thanks for coming by!

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

China more interested in its continued profitable relationship with the junta that's running Burma, than in establishing a people's democracy?

Yes, I'd say that's probably true.

Also: Tapline,

I wonder: is "the woman activist" you mentioned Aung San Suu Kyi? She was the leader of the National League for Democracy or NLD, when that party won by a landslide in 1990. Under Burmese law, that made her Burma's prime minister. I agree, it's good that, as of at least several days ago, she's still alive.

American Interests said...

Brian a n a norski:

http://anotherwaronterrorblog.blogspot.com/

Thanks for visiting!

Matt Dupuis said...

The people of Burma must appreciate the irony of China's decision not to "interfere in the internal affairs of another nation," as if keeping the Burmese regime afloat were not interference already.

Debbie said...

Oh my, we have to depend on China for human rights in Burma? What a thought.

I agree, China seems to have their hooks into all the global markets and governments in some form or another. It make things very difficult, because we need them to play nice.

Also, I'm wondering how things will backslide even worse in China after the olympics.

American Interests said...

Matt: Accurate commentary in a few words! Thank-you.

Debbie: China is desperate to stage a successful Olympics in 2008. They will do anything to mask the, not so palatable elements of their systems of governing. As you have suggested, they may surely present a different face after the medals are presented.

Button Gwinnett said...

I find it interesting that Russia thinks the situation in Burma can have any sort of just resolution without influence from the outside. People are dying in the streets because they have no power. Yet they expect that this can be resolved internally? The bottom line is neither they nor China care about the Burmese people. Much like their governments don't really care about their own people.