September 4, 2007


The great game over Burma: As Burma's erstwhile ally, China needs international pressure to end the military's harsh rule. (CS Monitor, September 5, 2007)

This weekend, President Bush plans to press the US case for political freedom in Burma with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, at the annual summit of Asian-Pacific nations in Australia. He's not alone in this effort. First lady Laura Bush, who rarely speaks out on world issues, called the UN secretary-general last month to ask that he not remain silent about Burma's recent crackdown on dissidents and that he push for Security Council action.

The time is ripe for change in this Southeast Asian country, despite 45 years of military rule. On Aug. 19, the regime was forced by its bumbling policies to raise prices on fuel by up to 500 percent. For a people already racked by poverty and inflation, the higher prices slice deep. The political damage was particularly acute because Burma (also known as Myanmar) exports natural gas to Thailand.

You can just hear the Chinese flunkies telling the Norks and the junta: "Hey, we're afraid of him too..."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 4, 2007 7:30 PM
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