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Global Protests Against China’s Foreign Policy On Anniversary of Military Takeover in Burma, China’s Role In Focus (click to view PDF)

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2007
Contact:Jeremy Woodrum (202) 234-8022

(Washington, DC, September 17, 2007) For the first time in history, human rights advocates in 10 countries working on the Southeast Asian country of Burma are coordinating simultaneous global demonstrations in front of Chinese embassies and consulates on Tuesday, September 18th to protest China’s undermining of United Nations multilateral efforts to support change in the military-ruled country. September 18th is the anniversary of the military takeover in Burma, and this year it coincides with major demonstrations by Buddhist monks inside the country.

“China’s unilateral foreign policy on Burma has completely paralyzed the United Nations Security Council, and as a result the Council has been unable to act, just as it acted far too late in Rwanda and Darfur. China’s unilateralism is undermining responsible conflict resolution and the Secretary General himself,” said Aung Din, policy director of US Campaign for Burma.

For 15 years human rights advocates have hoped that by ‘speaking softly’ China would be convinced to play a constructive role in national reconciliation in Burma, as called for by consecutive UN General Assembly resolutions. Specifically the UN is calling for “trip-partite” talks in Burma between the military regime, Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party the National League for Democracy, and the country’s ethnic minorities. However, China has not responded to entreaties, instead stating simply that Burma is an “internal affair.”

Human rights advocates believe that China is in a unique position, possessing the leverage to bring Burma’s military regime to the dialogue table. China is the Burmese military regime’s single most important ally, supplying billions in weapons, aid, and trade, while shielding the regime from international action by the UN Security Council. In January 2007 China vetoed a peaceful UN Security Council resolution that would have empowered the UN Secretary General in his negotiations with the Burmese military regime. Without China’s backing, the Security Council has remained paralyzed.

China’s position on Burma is coming into greater focus as the 2008 Olympics will be launched on August 8th, the anniversary of the military crackdown in Burma that resulted in the death up to 10,000 demonstrators in 1988.

Campaigners are planning a year-long effort to expose how “China is responsible for keeping Burma’s military regime in power,” added Aung Din.

China also appears to be undermining its own neighbors on Burma. Over the past 3 years, Filipino Foreign Ministers Alberto Romulo, Malaysian foreign minister Syed Hamid, and Indonesian former foreign minister Ali Alatas have all traveled to Burma to seek the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient. China declined to back any of the missions, while providing diplomatic, financial, and military aid to the regime.

Burma is ruled by one of the world’s most brutal military regimes, which has destroyed 3,000 villages in the eastern section of the country, forcing over 1.5 million people to flee their homes.

The Associated Press has compared the military regime’s attacks on civilians in eastern Burma to the tactics of the Sudanese government in Darfur, labeling eastern Burma “Southeast Asia’s Darfur.” The regime has also recruited 70,000 child soldiers, far more than any other country in the world. Many campaigners believe Burma is the most serious crisis in the world that has never been addressed by the Security Council.

Over the past month, Burma’s regime has launched a major crackdown in response to popular demonstrations calling for change in Burma. Over 150 democracy advocates have been arrested over the past month, and Burma’s Buddhist monks are planning demonstrations against the military regime on the same day as the protests.

The demonstrations will take place in the United States, New Zealand, South Korea, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, India, and Cambodia.
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Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
Address:2300 Connecticut Ave NW
Protest Time: 6:00pm Sept 18th
Contact Person: Thelma Young – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, IL
Address: 1 East Erie Street, Suite 500
Contact Person: Cristina Moon – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Protest Time: 11:30am-1pm

Chinese Consulate General in Houston, TX
Address: 3417 Montrose Blvd.
Contact Person: Claire Balani – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA
Address: 443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Contact Person: Tom Tran –- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
ProtestTime: Sept 16, 10am-12

Chinese Consulate General in New York, NY
Address: 520 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Contact Person: Farheen Malik – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Protest Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, CA
Address: 1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Contact: Brandon Erickson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Protest Time: 6-7pm

Chinese Consulate-General in Auckland, New Zealand
Address: 588 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand
Protest Time: Sept 18th
Contact Person: Naing Ko Ko at (64-2) 121 8118 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chi
nese Embassy in Seoul, Korea
Address: 54 Hyoja-Dong, Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Korea
Protest Time: Sept 18th
Contact Person: Kyaw Swar Linn (NLD-LA, Korea), (82) 10 4799 0718 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chinese Embassy in London, United Kingdom
Address: 49-51 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JL
Protest Time: Sept 18th
Contact Person: Mark Farmaner (Burma Campaign UK) at (44) 796 135 9640
or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chinese Embassy in Brussel, Belgium
Address: 463, Avenue De Tervuren, 1160 Brussels, Belgium
Protest Time: Sept 18th
Contact Person: Ko Kyaw Sein at + 31 (0) 474 726121,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chinese Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany
Address: Mainzer Landstr. 175, 60326 Frankfurt
Protest Time: Sept 18th, 09:30 to 10:30 AM
Contact Person: Ko Sonny at +49 1735347534 or Ko Htoo Min at
+491749114193 or Naing Win Htun at +49 15202317631

Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands
Address: Willem Lodewijklaan 102517 JT , the Hague, THE NETHERLANDS
Protest Time: Sept 18th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Contact Person: Myat Thiha at H (00) 31 2062 45731, M (00) 31 6255
40098, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and Nyi Nyi Yu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chinese Embassy in South Africa
Address: 965 Church Street, Arcadia 0083, Pretoria
Contact: Graham Bailey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chinese Embassy in India
Address: Jantar Mantar
Protest Time: 11:00 am, Sept 18th
Contact person: U Nyunt Hla at (91) 981 085 1427 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chinese Embassy in Camodia
Contact: Hla Htay
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