September 25, 2007


Beijing Furious with Berlin over Dalai Lama Visit (Andreas Lorenz, 9/25/07, Der Spiegel)

Relations between China and Germany are the worst they have been in years after Chancellor Angela Merkel received the Dalai Lama in the chancellery last Sunday.

The visit "grossly interferes with the internal affairs of China," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu announced during a routine press conference in Beijing on Monday.

An ideal moment for other leaders from the Axis of Good to meet with the Dalai Lama as well and for him to call upon Tibetan monks to imitate Burmese.

Myanmar: Time for Urgent Action (Crisis Group, 25 September 2007)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should hold urgent talks with the foreign ministers of China, India and Singapore, the current ASEAN chair, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and lead a joint attempt to encourage peaceful dialogue in Myanmar/Burma. China, India, and ASEAN should back Ban Ki-moon’s call on the authorities in Myanmar to exercise restraint in the face of growing peaceful protests and put their full weight behind UN efforts to find a solution to the country’s political crisis.

“The regime has a long history of violent reactions to peaceful demonstrations,” said Gareth Evans, President of the International Crisis Group. “If serious loss of life is to be averted, those UN members with influence over the government are going to have to come together fast.”

Only China, India, and, to a lesser degree, ASEAN have any influence on the military regime.

Bet the capacity of our military to strike at their military with impunity would have some influence? That is, if you're serious about it being "urgent"?
Brown calls for immediate action on Burma (Deborah Summers and Hélène Mulholland, September 25, 2007, Guardian Unlimited)
Gordon Brown today called for "immediate international action" to stave off a threatened military crackdown on protesters in Burma.

The prime minister called on the ruling junta in Rangoon to "exercise restraint" in its response to demonstrations which have brought tens of thousands of monks on to the streets, demanding democracy.

The foreign secretary, David Miliband, also told delegates at the Labour party conference in Bournemouth that countries like Burma should play by "global rules".

Our rules.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 25, 2007 6:37 AM

Frau Merkel has more balls than every US president since China seized Tibet. A few have had "unofficial" meetings but none has bearded the Chinese lion (kitty?) so boldly. Good for her. Maybe I'll drop 2-3 months off the 1000 year German penace period.

As for Burma, since they kindly created a new capial with only government officials there, why don't we just destroy that city?

Posted by: Bob at September 25, 2007 9:29 AM

let's see how many balls she have!

Posted by: y at September 26, 2007 4:12 PM


now it sounds like so many people are happy when they see chinese become angry no matter what reason. But please don't underestimate them, it is stupid to think they are just kitty!

Posted by: y at September 26, 2007 4:20 PM