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Ko Htike's Journal on Thursday, 11 October 2007;
If you would like to help Myanmar, please help like this.
With best wishes for you.
Subject: Burma: Sending a message or two or three or four... to China
HOW TO HELP BURMA?
If everybody we know emails a request (not for tickets, but for China's action for Burma) to email@example.com, it will significantly slow down Olympics ticket sales and call China's attention to the matter. China may ignore protests, hunger strikes, petitions, wearing-red shirts, etc. But China cannot ignore these
emails, which get in the way of processing Olympics ticket requests.
Please see the template at the bottom. Please also pledge to send the same email every 6 hours, or every time you check your email. If they get tens of thousands of email a day, they will have to do something about it.
China should use its leverage to bring reconciliation and peace in Burma. However, it recently vetoed a Security Council resolution on Burma. Yet with the threat of Olympics boycott, China has yielded significantly to condemn Sudan's genocidal regime.
Please note that this action is NOT a call to boycott the Olympics.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org every 6 hours, or every time you
check your email.
Subject: re: tickets
I am very interested in purchasing tickets to some of the events at next year's Olympic games.
However I cannot, in good conscience, attend the Beijing Olympics unless your government uses its influence to improve the political situation in Burma. China has substantial economic interests in the country, provides large amounts of economic aid, and invests heavily in infrastructure projects there. Additionally, your government
provides extensive logistical support to Burma's military government. All this make China uniquely placed to influence it.
The people of Burma have, in a very peaceful manner, insisted that their rights be respected. I ask no more of your government than that it cease its support for the current regime, and encourage dialog with the democratically elected representatives of the Burmese nation.
I, the Burmese people, and the world would be grateful for your assistance in this matter. Your courage will go a long way towards making the 2008 Olympics a success.
With sincere thanks,
Why Does Beijing Strongly Support the Myanmar Government?
Beijing's silent support for the Myanmar government and its brutal suppression against its people angers the international society. Even Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Price laureate and a South African cleric, a religious leader who is seldom involved in international politics, came out and urged China to intervene in the confrontations in Myanmar or he (the Archbishop) would "join a campaign to boycott the Beijing Olympics". Some Internet users in China continue to show their misplaced loyalties based on their ignorance and applaud Beijing's action.
Opinions from some westerners conclude that what motivates Beijing to support Myanmar is economic interest, and yet others think it is out of Beijing's fear of democracy. Some experts in China defended the government with seemingly correct reasons—in principle Beijing does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and really doesn't possess the kind of powerful influence the outside imagines; it is correct that Beijing chooses to be silent on the situation in Myanmar.
As a matter of fact, if one doesn't purposely pretend to be confused, it becomes apparent that the support Beijing has for Myanmar is completely for its own political interest.
First, China and Myanmar are both addicted to violent dictatorship. The difference is civil officials are in charge of the government in China, whereas in Myanmar, after the political revolution in 1962, entered the military government period.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) formed a military government when it took power in China. All successive movements, including the Anti-revolutionary movement and the Land Reform Act that killed tens of millions of people, had been rationalized into acts of justice by officials. In reality, hadn't Beijing always suppressed groups with military force and caused the deaths of many? Myanmar's government suppression is child's play compared to what the CCP has done and it's nothing but a price to pay to sustain stability. In addition, the CCP regime is as highly corrupted as Myanmar's except the CCP is more experienced. In Myanmar information leaked out to already angry citizens that the daughter of General Than Shwe was given US$50 million on her marriage. In China, the private lives of high-level officials is kept a state secret.
Second, Beijing wouldn't want to see any damage done to the league of dictators. Since the time of Mao Zedong, China has been trying to export to neighboring countries its revolutionary ideas to build a league of dictators to fight against western political infiltration and "peaceful evolution." These neighboring countries paid a miserable price for these ideas from the CCP, and their miserable histories belong to the "state secrets" in China and remain unknown to most Chinese people. The league of dictators has greatly diminished and left China few friends like North Korea and Myanmar. In order to stay in power, it became necessary for Beijing to support its ally, the Myanmar government.
Third, China favors Myanmar geographically. In recent years, Beijing has been attracting support from southeastern Asian countries through regional organizations such as the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations. Beijing has spent most money in Myanmar among all other southeastern Asian countries. Beijing has supported the current Myanmar government since it came to power in 1988 by providing over US$2 billion for its military, several billion U.S. dollars in economic support, including basic infrastructures and various training.
For these reasons, in January of this year, Beijing, together with Russia and South Africa, vetoed to sanction Myanmar at the U.N. After this, the military junta's actions were further encouraged.
As much as the international community renounced Beijing's vote at the U.N., Beijing proudly hung this "medal" on its chest and told its people that it is the hero against "western empires" and the savior of a third world country. All media played the clip of China's U.N. representative Wang Guangya raising his right hand to say "No" to western countries and how grateful Myanmar government is for Beijing's support. Beijing can see its own future in this current situation in Myanmar and the possible isolation as the voice of international condemnation.
It's not hard for Chinese people to see what roll Beijing plays on the international stage. Just remember old sayings like "birds of a feather flock together" and "A man is known by the company he keeps" and it won't be hard to tell what kind of regime befriends Kim Jong-Il from North Korea and the Myanmar government.
Source; Ko Htike's Journal
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