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.
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