Burma’s closest ally, China, has made its most strident call yet for the military regime to end a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. From BBC:
After talks by telephone with his UK counterpart Gordon Brown, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said Beijing hoped peace would return to Burma quickly…
The BBC’s Chris Hogg, in neighbouring Thailand, says China – Burma’s closest trading partner – is seen as having played a pivotal role in persuading Burma to grant the UN envoy a visa.
Ibrahim Gambari is in the new Burmese capital, Naypyidaw, for key talks with the country’s ruling generals. [Full Text]
See the Guardian’s observation: As Burma suffers, China must be forced to act
Here is a feature from Scotland on Sunday: Dissent crushed before our eyes
Also see ABC news: China joins calls for end to Burmese violence