Friday, November 16, 2007

China says Myanmar Should Not Be "Another Iraq"

Source: Reuters

China does not want Myanmar to become "another Iraq", a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday, stressing his country's opposition to sanctions as a way of seeking reform in the troubled Southeast Asian nation.

Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei said Myanmar was now headed in the right direction in the aftermath of mass protests demanding democracy and then a harsh wave of arrests.

China believed stability was paramount for Myanmar to achieve "democracy and economic development", the senior official said.

"We cannot permit Myanmar to fall into chaos, we cannot permit Myanmar to become another Iraq. No matter what ideas other countries have, China's stance on this is staunch."

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