Myanmar Crackdown Sheds Light On Beijing’s Aspirations – Howard W. French

From The International Herald Tribune:

The unfolding civil crisis in is precisely the kind of test that China’s image as an emerging global power will increasingly face in coming years, as Beijing’s economic reach and international influence steadily grow.

The question people in this region and in capitals around the world will be asking is beyond the well-worn official rhetoric: What kind of power does China really aspire to be?

Is it a slick free rider on an international system whose workings have done so much to favor its emergence, hiding behind a platitude-based while allowing others to do the world’s heavy lifting? [Full Text]

Read also:

China Pleads for Calm in Myanmar by Christopher Bodeen

EU should boycott Beijing Olympics over Myanmar by Darren Ennis

George Bush urges China to pressure Burma by Alex Spillius

– and U.S. Urges China to Help Curb Violence in Burma, Prepare for Transition from the Washington Post.



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