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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party Wins; China Sent Election Monitors

The historic election last Sunday in Myanmar marked the triumph for the National League for Democracy (NLD) Party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, a female dissident who lived under house arrest for 15 years. Latest polls show that the NLD Party won nearly all of its contested seats including a seat in the parliament for Suu Kyi. The win signifies the sidelining of decades of military rule and the opening up of Myanmar to the rest of the world.

In response to this event, an article posted on the Global Times Monday reported that China along with other Western nations, sent election monitors to Myanmar to monitor the election.  Netizens immediately mocked the hypocrisy of China monitoring a foreign election when China itself has no direct elections.

Comments on Global Times:

2012-04-02 18:35 环球网友:

You can delete my post, but you cannot delete my heart’s desire for equality, justice, and righteousness.

2012-04-02 15:02 环球网友:

Congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi…

2012-04-02 14:30 环球网友:

Monitor them to see if we maintain the same position with the Myanmar central government.

2012-04-02 13:54 环球网友:

We didn’t even figure it out ourselves how can we monitor [others].

2012-04-02 13:36 环球网友:

Such a great April Fools.

2012-04-02 12:58 环球网友:

During our elections can we have international monitors?

2012-04-02 12:38 环球网友:

Really shameless.

2012-04-02 12:26 环球网友:

Support Myanmar national election!

2012-04-02 11:41 环球网友:

To be enlightened by others, [so] when we have our own public election we can also feel what is it like to self-rule.

2012-04-02 10:26 环球网友:

This is a sign of progress, regardless if she is the running dog of America, at least she truly represents a portion of the people.

2012-04-02 10:04 环球网友:

Having China monitor foreign elections, this is really innovative.

2012-04-02 09:59 环球网友:

This would be same as Chinese people going to Japan to watch porn.

2012-04-02 09:33 环球网友:

Really have some thick skin!

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