August 7, 2008

US President Leaves Thailand for China

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 7 August

[Report by DPA from the "Breaking News" section: "Bush off to Beijing with a Burma mission"]

US President George W Bush departed Bangkok Thursday for Beijing, where he plans to chide China for its human rights record and call on the communist country to help pressure Burma's military leaders.

Bush, on a two-day visit in Thailand, lunched with Burmese dissidents before departing for the Chinese capital, where he is to attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

"He is going to talk with China about Burma even though he seems to be worried that China's interests are different from the US's interest on Burma," said Win Min, one of nine Thailand-based Myanmar dissidents who lunched with Bush Thursday in Bangkok.

Originally published by The Nation website, Bangkok, in English 7 Aug 08.

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