Burma Update: ASEAN to listen to Aung San Suu Kyi Opinion

INDONESIA’S foreign minister says the opinion of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and civil society will influence whether Myanmar is invited to chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2014.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told The Associated Press he would travel to Myanmar in October as ASEAN assesses if the military-dominated country is on track, as it makes tentative steps toward reform.

He said Myanmar was extremely keen to take on the rotating chairmanship of the 10-member regional grouping, currently held by Indonesia. He described that as “an important opportunity to hasten change”.

Mr Natalegawa said: “I shall be keen to listen and to hear the voice of civil society, not least the voice of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.”


China Authorities crack down on fake booze – I think this is just gov spin!

Police in Beijing have detained 11 suspects and confiscated more than 10,000 bottles of fake foreign liquor destined for use at the Chinese capital’s bars and nightclubs.

Police confiscated the fake booze — including bottles of whiskey labelled Chivas, Johnnie Walker and Jack Daniel’s — in raids on six Beijing area manufacturing outlets last week, the Global Times said.

Manufacturers allegedly bottled cheap bulk liquor, or even toxic industrial alcohol such as methanol, into bottles with well-known brand names, the report said.

With an average bottle of phony liquor costing about 10 yuan ($A1.42) to produce, manufacturers and nightclubs could rake in major profits by selling the contraband for up to 580 yuan a bottle to customers, the paper said.

‘Some fake liquor is adulterated whisky, and some are just mixtures of erguotou (a cheap Chinese grain alcohol) and green tea,’ the paper quoted Li Jin, a Beijing nightclub employee, as saying.

Fake booze is ‘pervasive’ in Beijing, Li was cited as saying, and up to 90 per cent of customers cannot tell the real from the fake.

A wave of tainted food scares has renewed fears in China over continued product-safety problems despite a government promise to clean up the food industry following a deadly 2008 milk scandal.
Tainted pork, toxic milk, dyed buns and other dodgy foods have surfaced in recent months, making consumers ill and highlighting the government’s apparent inability to oversee China’s huge and under-regulated food industry.

And the Chinese government jail artists and Christians! What the F**k?

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