Evelyn Leopold: China Mounts Defense of Myanmar after Junta Pledges to Free Some Political Prisoners

From the Huffington Post blog:

Beijing broke from its usual uncontroversial statements on Myanmar (Burma) and told the West to stop “picking” on the ruling junta and stop treating it with “arrogance and prejudice.”

In a U.N. Security Council session on Myanmar, China’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Liu Zhenmin, made clear that Beijing, a major trading partner of Burma, would not use its influence to bring about any major change in the isolated southeast Asian nation.

The meeting on Monday was called so U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon could report on his July 3-4 trip to Myanmar, where he met with the country’s leaders, opposition figures and gave a public speech on democracy and human rights. But Ban was unable to see Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader and Nobel laureate, under house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years and now in prison on trumped up charges.

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