新聞週報 Weekly Diary, No. 364 (8 – 14 August 2009) US SENATOR ON A 3-DAY VISIT! Weekly Diary, No. 364 (8 – 14 August 2009) Saturday, 15 August 2009 14:36 86-DAY TRIAL COMES TO LOGICAL END! 10,000 SHANS RELOCATED! US SENATOR ON A 3-DAY VISIT! NEAR SHOWDOWN ON THE SINO BORDER! CartoonTips for the Senior General Think Piece Primary school aged children not at school Asia-Pacific Worldwide1999 43 million ?2006 28 million 75 millionGlobal recession is thwarting the target set in 2000 to achieve education for all (EFA) by 2015. (Bangkok Post, 11 August 2009) Latest study by Goldman Sachs 2027 China’s economy will be bigger than America’s 2050 nearly twice as large Individual Chinese however will still be poorer than Americans.The Economist, 11-1 東森房屋7 July 2009 Unlike Burma’s exiled political dissidents who have struggled to gain serious recognition and credibility, Suu Kyi “has the international backing”. Dr Zarni, London School of Economics, AFP, 11 August 2009--------------------------------------------------------------------------------The World9 August 2009Typhoon Morakot rushes nearly a million people out of harm’s way in China. It triggers Taiwan’s worst flooding in 50 years. (Agencies)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------International Relations7 August 2009Burma’s diverse political and ethnic groups come together at the UN to present their joint reconciliation plan and ask the UN to transmit it to the military rulers. Their calls include: Release of all political prisoners Dialogue 結婚Credible elections Review of the constitution (AP) 12 August 2009French president Nicolas Sarkozy has called on the European Union to introduce tougher measures on Burma, but says it should target wood and ruby sectors, suggesting Total’s mega investment in offshore gas should be spared. (AFP) 13 August 2009Watered down statement from UN Security Council: Expresses serious concern at the conviction and sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi Urges Burma to create necessary conditions for genuine dialogue Committed to Burma’s sovereignty and territorial integrity (AFP)13 August 2009US Senator Jim Webb, who is scheduled to visit Burma this weekend, will be meeting Senior General Than Shwe “the first time a senior American official has ever met with Burma’s top leader,” says a statement from his office. (AFP 小額信貸)14 August 2009EU adds four junta-run media outlets to its list of sanctions. (Irrawaddy) Jakarta meets10 August 2009Suu Kyi’s supporters, traditionally hard-liners, are proposing national reconciliation measures: Possibly dropping calls for the military to honor 1990 vote A compromise including a role for the military in the government At the same time an alternative proposal for NLD and major ethnic groups who fear they will be sidelined if they don’t participate in the 2010 elections (Wall Street Journal) 11 August 2009Despite a show of unity, analysts remain skeptical about the effectiveness of the “sustainable exit strategy” proposal. (AFP) 12 August 2009Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirms Jakarta has shut down the two day meeting in their country. (AFP) 12-13 August 2009The meeting is held 酒店工作in an undisclosed venue, where the reconciliation proposal is supported by the participants, according to delegates from the Thai border. (SHAN)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thai-Burma Relations11 August 2009FM Kasit Piromya says the Suu Kyi verdict raises questions about the election which the Burmese regime needs to address. (Bangkok Post) 12 August 2009Lt-Gen Puchong Rattanawan, Chief of Special Warfare Command, officially relaunches anti-drug Task Force 399, renamed 151st special warfare company, in Chiangmai. It was set up in 2001, funded and supported by DEA and trained by the Green Berets. The unit became inactive in October 2002 “just to appease Burma,” according to retired Gen Wattanachai Chaimuenwong, and disbanded by the next year. (Bangkok Post)------------------------------------------ 酒店經紀--------------------------------------Politics/ Inside Burma10 August 2009Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), for the 5th consecutive year, holds Martyrs Day in honor of Lahtaw Zauseng, its first leader who was assassinated by Maran Seng Tu aka Tu Bung in 1975. (Kachin News Group) Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial10 August 2009The delays in the court proceeding against Suu Kyi are caused by disagreement within the regime: Gen Tin Aung Myint Oo, Secretary 1, wants to see her imprisoned Gen Shwe Mann, Chief of Staff, wants to see her sentenced “within the framework of the law” (Irrawaddy) 10 August 2009John Yettaw released from hospital. (AFP) 11 August 2009Suu Kyi sentenced to 18-month house arrest. John Yettaw gets 7 years. World condemnation follows. (Agencies) She is then straight back to her home. (BBC) 12 August 2009Only China asks the world to accept the 酒店兼職decision. (AP) Unlike the armed ceasefire groups, conflict with her doesn’t hurt China’s business interests – Editor 13 August 2009Additional restrictive measures by EU’s Common Position adopted on 11 August add members of Burma’s judiciary responsible for Aung San Suu Kyi’s verdict to the existing list of personers subject to travel ban and assets freeze. (EU statement)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Shans/ Shan State13 August 2009Chiangmai and border-based Shan organizations call upon Asean to “break it silence” on the junta’s excesses, especially the recent scorched earth campaign that burned down over 500 houses, over 200 granaries and forcibly relocated more than 10,000 people in 39 villages in Southern Shan State, 27 July – 1 August. (SHAN)-------------------------------------------------------------------------- 租辦公室------Economy/ Business14 August 2009PM Abhisit made clear to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on 21 June that Thailand had no problem with arms sanctions but opposed banning gems. Thailand and China are the two largest importers of Burmese gem stones. (Irrawaddy) 13 August 2009India and Asean sign free trade pact which will take effective 1 January 2010. (AP)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Human Rights--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Environment11 August 2009Quake of magnitude 7.6 strikes in India’s Andaman Islands, but a Tsunami alert is later cancelled. (Reuters) 14 August 2009Mae La camp hospital says 4 Burmese children have been infected with H1N1 virus. (DVB)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Drugs7 August 2009China has stopped donation of r 烤肉食材ice to Wa areas this year, according to a Wa official. They received 10,000 tons each June-July for 2007 and 2008, 20,000 tons including Kokang and Mongla. As for the UN’s World Food Program they used to receive low quality rice through Kengtung and Lashio. It has also stopped this year, because Naypyitaw had refused to sign agreeing to another batch of donation. (DVB)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------War5 August 2009A Wa commander says the Burma Army is sending units to reoccupy former outposts around Wa territory in Kunlong district, for instance, Pang Kawk, Phaleng, Panglong and Kawng Kaw. It is also reinforcing troops around Naphaw and Nalong outposts near the Kachin’s Laiza on the Sino-Burma border. (DVB) 8 August 2009The Burma Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (Kokang) nearly came to a shooting war when the former, leading a three-batta 褐藻醣膠lion force, demanded inspection of suspected arms factory of the latter. Chinese intervention helps ease the situation. (SHAN) The stand-off lasted five and a half hours, says Aung Kyaw Zaw. About 10,000 residents fled to China (Irrawaddy) 11 August 2009The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) has formed a military alliance with Kokang, Mongla and Wa, say KIO sources. Offensive against any member will be retaliated by all. (Kachin News Group) Shan State Army (SSA) “North” also reported to be part of this alliance – Editor 14 August 2009 Aung Kyaw Zaw, Burmese analyst based on the Sino-Burma border, says two Chinese officials met Maj Gen Aung Than Tut on 10 August in Laogai. They told him they were worried about refugee migration, if armed clashes were to break out. (Irrawaddy) http://www.shanland.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2680:weekly-diary-no-364-8-14-august-2009-&catid=weekly-diary&Itemid=271 房屋買賣  .
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