CCP's China get out of Myanmar : CCP complicit in military coup
The Chinese Communists Party's (CCP) nationalist global strategy of domination through the destruction of democracy and the rule OF law is on full display in Myanmar : democracies worldwide must de-couple from CCP and impose heavy sanctions against all those responsible in Myanmar.
CCP's China is directly involved in the military coup in Myanmar. These include mainland Chinese owned companies operating in Hong Kong (HK).
Those companies and individuals responsible for this and previous military coups and action in Myanmar must be held fully accountable for their crimes against humanity including genocide against Rohingya. This includes CCP's officials supporting Myanmar's military coup.
When confronted with credible independent accusations of genocide, CCP's China is constantly reminding leading democratic countries to stay out of its 'internal affairs' : we remind CCP that China MUST stay out of Myanmar's 'internal affairs'.
RTHK on 15 March 2021 reported: "China's embassy in Myanmar said many Chinese staff were injured and trapped when factories in the Hlaingthaya district of Yangon were looted and destroyed. The embassy asked for security to be guaranteed quickly, a statement on the embassy's Facebook page said, describing the situation as "very severe". It said Chinese citizens in Myanmar had also been warned. "Some Chinese businesses' factories were looted and destroyed and many Chinese staff were injured and trapped," it said, without giving details of injuries.
This sounds increasingly like the demands of an invader! The arrogance of the demands by CCP for 'security to be guaranteed quickly' only rubs salt into the wounds of those killed or injured by CCP's support of Myanmar's military coup!
CCP if you want mainland Chinese people and their assets to be protected, then legally get them out of Myanmar as quick as you can without causing any further problems to the people of Myanmar - AND DO NOT COME BACK! China get out of Myanmar, because after this coup ends there is no way that the Burmese people will accept murderous China to be in Myanmar!
Once again the world sees the real face of CCP!
Peoples of China's neighbouring countries (e.g. India, Vietnam, Phillipines, Taiwan, Nepal, etc.) need CCP's China to be contained in its expansionism based on corruption, rule BY law and violence because CCP is a virus that creates viruses!
Democratic countries worldwide must decouple from CCP!
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In Myanmar, Hardened Troops are Using Battlefield Arms on Peaceful Protesters - Amnesty Report
RFA 10 March 2021 by Paul Eckert (format added)
Myanmar’s junta is deploying army divisions notorious for atrocities who are turning battlefield weapons on unarmed protesters in a deliberate escalation of violence in the five weeks since the Feb. 1 military takeover, Amnesty International said in a report published Wednesday.
The London-based rights watchdog surveyed videos from nine days of increasingly violent attacks on anti-coup protesters and found troops using military weapons inappropriate for policing, indiscriminately spraying live ammunition in urban areas, and even making a sport of shooting protesters.
“The weaponry deployed by the Tatmadaw reveals a deliberate and dangerous escalation in tactics,” said Joanne Mariner, Director of Crisis Response at Amnesty International.
“Not content with indiscriminately using less-lethal weapons, each new day shows an apparent order to deploy semi-automatic rifles, sniper rifles, and light machine guns in increasing numbers,” she added.
“Make no mistake, we are in a deadly new phase of the crisis.”
Amnesty’s Crisis Evidence Lab reviewed and verified 55 video clips filmed between Feb. 28 and March 8 by citizens and local media in cities including Dawei, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Monywa, Myeik, Myitkyina and Yangon.
The lab “verified multiple clips showing lethal force is being used in a planned, premeditated and coordinated manner,” said the report.
“Many of the killings documented amount to extrajudicial executions,” it said.
As of March 9, 58 protesters and others had been killed since the start of the coup on Feb. 1, according to an RFA tally.
The review identified security forces wielding military firearms, including Chinese RPD light machine guns, as well as Myanmar-made MA-S sniper rifles, MA-1 semi-automatic rifles, Uzi-replica BA-93 and BA-94 submachine guns.
Other weapons turned on demonstrators include South Korean Dae Kwang DK-44 flashbang grenades, as well as less-lethal “pepperball” launchers, shotguns loaded with rubber bullets manufactured by the Turkish company Zsr Patlayici Sanayi A.S., using cartridges from Franco-Italian company Cheddite, it said.
Incidents discovered and confirmed by Amnesty from the videos included:
A commander standing over an officer operating a sniper rifle, appearing to order him to direct fire towards specific protesters in Sanchaung township in Yangon on March 2.
Officers leading a man towards a larger group of security forces, when an officer suddenly shoots the man, who was not resisting, in Yangon’s North Okkalapa township on March 3.
A soldier appears to lend his rifle to a police officer deployed alongside him, who aims and shoots, while officers standing with them celebrate, in Dawei, on Feb. 28.
Security forces riding pick-up trucks and indiscriminately firing live ammunition in multiple directions, including into residences, in Mawlamyine in Mon state, on March 1.
“These are not the actions of overwhelmed, individual officers making poor decisions,” said Mariner.
“These are unrepentant commanders already implicated in crimes against humanity, deploying their troops and murderous methods in the open,” she added, referring to army atrocities in wars with ethnic militias in border regions.
Ethnic minorities including the Chin, Kachin, Karen, Rakhine, Rohingya, Shan, Ta’ang – many of which have been at war with the central government for decades – “have borne the brunt of horrific violence meted out by the Tatmadaw,” said Mariner, using the Burmese name for the feared military.
Amnesty’s review of the videos also showed military divisions implicated in earlier atrocities against ethnic groups were operating in major cities across Myanmar, where tens or hundreds of thousands of anti-junta protesters have turned out since the military deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1
Among these, the 33rd, 77th and 101st Light Infantry Divisions (LID) are seen operating with, and sometimes lending their weapons to, police officers, in Mandalay, Yangon and Monywa, respectively.
“All three cities have seen extreme instances of excessive force, including killings, by security forces in recent days,” the report said.
“Some of these military divisions are notorious for atrocities and serious human rights violations committed in Rakhine, Kachin, and northern Shan States,” said the report.
The 33rd LID has been implicated in war crimes in northern Shan State in 2016 and 2017, and in crimes against humanity in the campaign that drove 740,000 Rohingya Muslims out of western Rakhine state to Bangladesh in 2017, it said.
Myanmar is on trial at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands for the Rohingya expulsion.
“These Myanmar military tactics are far from new, but their killing sprees have never before been livestreamed for the world to see,” said Mariner.
Chinese Companies Supplying Arms, Military Equipment to Myanmar: Group
RFA 18 February 2021 (format added)
Chinese state-owned enterprises are among the biggest suppliers of arms and military equipment to the Myanmar military, according to an advocacy group 'Justice For Myanmar' and public domain information.
The group has listed 122 top business partners of the military government, which staged a coup on Feb. 1, ousting the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD).
The five biggest suppliers are listed as China North Industries Group (NORINCO), the Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC), the China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp. (CASIC), and the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC). More than a dozen other suppliers were funded from China or Hong Kong.
A spokesperson from Justice for Myanmar said weapons supplied by NORINCO to the Tatmadaw were being used on unarmed civilians amid mass protests that have followed the coup. Norinco also runs two copper mines in the country, which have been accused of evicting local residents and polluting the environment, the spokesperson told RFA. Other Chinese investors include Wanbao Mining (Hong Kong) Copper Ltd., Yang Tse Mining Limited, and busmaker Yutong, as well as several textile companies. A "Dirty List" published by Burma Campaign UK listed 12 Chinese companies as having ties to the Myanmar military, including most of those already mentioned in this article.
An open secret
Zhang Shengqi, chairman of the Myanmar-Burma Assistance Association, said it is an open secret among Chinese in Myanmar that Chinese companies have been selling weapons to the regime for a long time. "It is no secret that China supplies arms to the Myanmar military," Zhang said. "Ten years ago, the Chinese government moved its security defense line south from Yunnan province and into northern Myanmar."
"It [CCP] sees the whole of Myanmar as a security zone," he said. "The stability of Myanmar directly impacts China's national interest and its security." ..."If Myanmar had gotten closer to the U.S. [under a democratically elected government], then it would have fallen back into an endless civil war."
China's international infrastructure investment project, the Belt and Road initiative, currently includes the flagship China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC). Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has indicated that Beijing is willing to speed up the construction of the western, northern, and eastern ends of the CMEC. Chinese state media reported last month that Wang is keen to promote an early implementation of the Kyaukpyu deep-sea port, the China-Myanmar Border Economic Cooperation Zon, and New Yangon City.
The CMEC bisects the northern part of the country and ends at the $1.3 billion deep-sea port at Kyaukpyu in southern Rakhine state along the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It includes plans for a U.S.$8.9 billion high-speed rail link from Yunnan, as well as gas and oil pipelines.
China is also increasingly dependent on rice imports from Myanmar, with rice imports soaring from 100,000 tons to 500,000 tons in the past decade, accounting for 65 percent of Myanmar’s total export trade with China.
"The military port and China-Myanmar oil pipeline in the Bay of Bengal in Myanmar will be a crucial strategic supply line, and Beijing has to protect it," Zhang said. "These military investments and presence in Myanmar will aid its stability." "I can say with a clear conscience that the people of Myanmar have no choice," he said.
Chinese scholar Si Ling agreed, saying that there is a co-dependent relationship between the two countries. "Myanmar is dependent on China for many things, including technology and personnel," Si said. "Beijing also has to consider geopolitical factors like the national security implications of what is happening in Myanmar on its southern border region."
Border area still quiet
A Chinese national who lives in the border region, and gave only a surname, Wang, said that while the authorities appeared to be firing on protesters elsewhere in the country, the border area had remained quiet since the coup. He said there could also have been Chinese Communist Party (CCP) involvement in emergency censorship during the coup. "I heard there was shooting ... maybe of high pressure air guns, and also that they cut off internet access," Wang said. "China is the best at this kind of technology."
Rights groups -- including Burma Campaign UK, Justice For Myanmar, Korean Civil Society in Solidarity with the Rohingya (KCSSR), and Korean Transnational Corporations Watch (KTCW) -- are calling on companies to cut commercial ties to the Myanmar military. Meanwhile, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre said it had invited 18 of the companies mentioned in recent reports articles to respond.
Justice For Myanmar called on the international community to impose immediate comprehensive and targeted sanctions against the Myanmar military in response to the coup, and their continuing violations of international law, including their campaign of genocide against the Rohingya and war crimes and crimes against humanity in ethnic regions.
Reported by Qiao Long for RFA's Mandarin Service, and by Chan Chun-ho for the Cantonese Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.