Friday, November 2, 2007

Playing God in Burma (Commentary)

Mizzima News:
By May ng

But in reality, during the last 25 years, in places like Cambodia, Uganda, and Rwanda, the international community has failed to stop massive human rights violations, including genocide. This time, the U.N. should take immediate action for a change, to stop the Myanmar regime from continuing their crimes against humanity in Burma............................

But the days of China playing God in Burma may hit their limit. Warren Buffett, until then together with the Chinese government the largest stake holder of Petro China, sold most of his shares on September 30, publicly claiming to take profit, while the stock and oil prices were still going up. Petro China is the publicly listed division of the China National Petroleum Co., which had come under harsh criticism for doing business with the repressive government of Sudan first, and now also for doing business with the Myanmar military government.

Previously, Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. had sold a small stake in the Chinese oil company a few days before July 31, when the United Nations passed a groundbreaking resolution. The agreement, brokered largely with the support of China, authorizes a U.N. peacekeeping force of 26,000 to police Darfur.

Burmese monks are peaceful and have no way of resisting the government's aggression. But the time for China to face its own devil may be coming.

(May Ng is from the Southern Shan State of Burma and a regional officer for Justice for Human Rights in Burma.)

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