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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT

An Appeal To The Great Chinese People

It is in times of crisis that a nation, a people, a government, a leader has an opportunity to show potential for greatness. In the long, proud history of the Chinese people, there have been many such opportunities, and China has many times over proven itself to be among the greatest nations in history.

More recently, such opportunities have been fewer. The opportunities which did present themselves were not always well handled. World opinion, which, in this Olympic year, had been turning toward China with increasing respect, is now pausing to consider a new opportunity, a new crisis.

The terrible natural disaster in Myanmar last Saturday presents the Chinese people with an opportunity to exercise their true greatness, and take their place as first among nations. By the simple act of persuading the Myanmar government to allow aid workers and relief supplies from around the world to be quickly, efficiently, and professionally brought where they are needed, most desperately, China could begin its' tenure as the world's next superpower.

What the United States, France, India and other great nations have been unable to accomplish could be done now by the Chinese. If it is not done, an opportunity will have been missed, and thousands will die needlessly. The world will not forget, and China will be seen for many many years as a nation that has failed to live up to its' promise of greatness.

Let China step up and take charge of the relief efforts. Under their aegis, the Myanmar government can feel secure, and the Burmese people can be saved. Let China bring in and supervise all foreign aid workers, and protect the Junta from any attempt at regime change. Whatever the future may bring, basic human decency demands that aid be delivered properly, right now. The world knows now that it is up to China, and China alone, to do this.
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Originally posted by zglobal at 2008-5-12 00:03
I too hope that China takes a further step onto the world stage....



I'm not optimistic when it comes to the Junta in Myanmar. I do not believe that China has that much influence to convince the rulers of Myanmar to let foreign relief aid unhindered into the country. This junta is a special breed of c o r r u p t  generals. They only cooperate if it is in their own interest. To lament about the junta doesn't really help. Countries such as Thailand, China , India, Bangla Desh, Singapore and Nepal brought hundred of tons of relief supply into the country without demanding that these items be distributed by their own people. Why is there so much controversy about who should and who shouldn't distribute this aid. Looking at what is going on in Mynamar I can only wonder why relief agencies etc. tend to discuss about the distribution rather than bring in most needed materials. The generals will take their share, no doubt about it, they also took their share from all the aid that came into the country - so far. None of us can change this, let's be realistic. But to do nothing just because the generals don't grant visa is certainly not the right approach to this human tragedy.

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