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China tells Burma to speed up its democratic reforms

November 17, 2007

YANGON, Burma (AP) — China called on Burma to speed up democratic reforms, state media reported Saturday — an unusual move for Beijing, which has traditionally refrained from criticizing the military regime.

The call came as a U.N. human rights investigator wrapped up a trip to the country that he said had helped him to determine that at least 15 people died during the junta’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests in September.
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In this photo released by China’s Xinhua news agency, Myanmar top leader Senior-General Than Shwe, fourth left, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), and some other Myanmar ministers pose for a group photo with Chinese government’s special envoy, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, third left, during their meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, new capital of Myanmar on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Wang has called on Myanmar to speed up democratic reforms, state media reported Saturday, in an unusual move for Beijing which has traditionally refrained from criticizing the country’s military junta. (AP Photo/Xinhua)
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China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi also expressed support for U.N. attempts to reconcile the regime and the suppressed democracy movement during a two-day meeting with the junta that ended Friday. The state-controlled New Light of Burma newspaper reported the meeting only after Wang had left the country.

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-11-17-china-burma_N.htm?csp=34

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