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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  • blues


  • hanyucha


    • hanyucha

      now, what’s the article about?

      • whichone

        vegetarians going to a steak restaurant, to make sure everything is cooked properly.

        • Skepticist

          My thoughts exactly.

        • Dr. Jones Jr.

          Funny line: “China along with other Western nations”.

          Since when is China a Western nation?

  • Kim Jung iLL

    China is trying to act like big boss but she has no friends except North Korea. Monitoring other country? Influence I would put it. I think China is trying to influence other country election just like Hong Kong.

    • ok korean-dude ,what do you call Pakistan then??? which is much larger and more populated than north korea. china is going to be big boss question is what parts of chinese culture would predominate.

      • Pffffftttt…. Pakistan…. Bwahahahahaha.

        Ever been there? I have. It’s a total shithole. There’s NOTHING valuable there and it’s incredibly violent and dangerous.

        Also, the Pakis don’t like chinese influence.

        Noob troll needs practice.

        • Patrick

          Pakistan doesn’t like ANY external influence

  • [email protected]

    We had an earthquake in Shanghai last night.
    I was watching lighting strike the crap out of an apartment building. Freaking huge amounts of electricity. The lights in the building I was watching kept going on and off very sporadically. Was really cool to see. And to top it off we got an earthquake, little but enough to feel it. And then my wife and I watched Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 1. And apart from being amazed that Ros the Whore is back again in this season, all in all it was an interesting evening.

    Now what is this article about?

    • typingfromwork

      Oh, nothing important….

      Did you know there will be even more intrigue and Maggie Smith in the next season of Downton? Get excited!!

      • Maggie Smith for the motherf*cking WIN!!!

        Every time suckas!

        No, seriously, she’s an insanely talented and entertaining actress.

        • typingfromwork

          There’s a page on Wikipedia specifically devoted to her awards.

          It is HUGE.

    • [email protected]

      i’m embarrassed for y’all

  • Jess

    Chinese village elections—particularly in the smaller villages—are actually pretty solid. The criteria for running is pretty lax. You don’t have to be a Party member…just not be a criminal or mentally disabled. I guess the idea is that they’re too insignificant to matter, so who cares what they do.
    Of course, for bigger ballots, non-Party sponsored candidates might find themselves inconvenienced by a bout of mental fatigue and in need of hospitalisation to recuperate until the elections are over…

    On Aung San Suu Kyi…I don’t think she deserved the Peace Prize. But I’m glad she won it. Because, prior to receiving the Prize, it was somewhat of an open secret in IR circles that she was only “pro-democracy” because she had won the election, and that she didn’t really intend to go all flag-waving, constitution-saluting, American-style democracy on Burma. It was a convenient means to power, so to speak. But now, she doesn’t really have a choice but to bring it there. Also, she looks really good for her age!

    • grovesman

      Actually, many/most village elections are corrupt. It’s usually in the form of a pay-for-vote scheme (I’ll give you RMB 1,000 to cast your vote for me).

      • Yep

        ^ Very true. I’m aware of someone who got elected just by doing that.

    • Foreign Devil

      I read about independent candidates being threatened and roughed up by police when they tried to register in Chengdu.

  • typingfromwork

    Hats off to Aung San Suu Kyi, and the people of Myanmar.

    Now they need to have an effective way of improving their economy. Democracy does not automatically translate into economic dynamism, although it does make the ruling class more accountable.

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  • mr. weiner

    Hmm, must be some serious butthurt in China at the moment. They’ve backed the wrong horse and I don’t think they’ll ever get that dam built, or the Indian ocean port they wanted.
    {que elevator music waiting for a Hongjian rant….}

    • Hongjian

      Sorry to be late.

      Yeah, too bad.

      China’s leaders like the Wen and Hu clique are spineless, retarded cowards.

      Put someone like Bo Xilai into their position, and he would have nuked Burma the moment they announced the cancellation of the dam project and met with Hillary Clinton, turned their turf into an huge flat parking space, and built a Grand Canal connecting huge nuclear desalinization-plants, as well as pipelines and high-speed railways to the Indian Ocean immediately, of course with the foundation of a new war-fleet consisting of nuclear battlecruisers and ballistic nuclear missile submarines to guard that new Chinese territory…

      But no, because of Wen and Hu’s “Harmonious-Bullshit-World-Where-China-Simply-Tolerates-Its-Puppets-Doing-What-The-Fuck-They-Want-With-A-Smile-Even-If-It-Is-Hurting-China’s-Interests”, China now suffered a tremendous strategic and geopolitical setback. Seriously. The indian ocean harbour project was vital to China’s security, as it would spare China’s merchant fleet and oil-imports to transit through the US-Navy dominated Mallacca-Strait, that will be closed off by the americunts in any event of war, effectively starving China to death. Gloriously done, Hu and Wen. Fucking Treacherous Scum!

      Seriously. I’m mad.

      “Actually, the Party’s General Secretaries have all betrayed and recanted many things – both inside and outside the country, recently and in the past, there are too many examples to list,”

      General Liu Yuan – Political Commissar of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Logistics Department in “Changing Our View of Culture and History”.

  • MrT

    Trying to get rid of the ex ex girl friend, nightmare.
    She seems to think there are other options to bye bye your being upgraded.
    Chinese eh.
    The article about Burma or sth?
    Brits left that fucked up.

    • donscarletti

      Well, the British installed a democratic state, which lasted for 14 years until it was overthrown by General Ne Win.

      What I would blame the British for is failing to allow democratic home rule enough time to become a legitimate institution before full sovereignty was granted, but I think the Japanese occupation pretty much put a stop to any hopes of that.

      In India, although withdrawal was altogether too fast and partition was decided on too late to do things in an orderly way, the Indians had at least reached a partial consensus on how self-rule was going to work. The Burmese on the other hand had none of this, the British came to kick the Japanese out and then prepared straight away to leave again and they were gone. It did not have the grassroots movement that India did.

  • Chris N.

    So what do the monitors monitor?

    • McMando

      Who watches the watchmen?

      • terroir

        At an important and fancy dinner, what kind of china does China use?

        • mr. wiener

          “Made in China” china I would think.

  • haha

    I was not aware that there are election monitors in Mainland China!

  • pada

    Seems the handsome generous one million dollars democratic aid by Mr Cliton worked wonder for Sucky. Sure her Brit husband will get his Z visa more easily.

    • mr. weiner

      He died of cancer, some years ago. She was not able to attend the funeral for fear that she would never be allowed to return to Burma again.

  • jing

    The Burmese are a weak and pitiable people. They have a choice and they chose poorly. Electing a race traitor woman whose sole claim to fame is being the get of yet another Burmese big man. Whose grand accomplishment has been to spend the last few decades in a gilded cage of her choosing with enemies too stupid to simply have her shot and buried in a random ditch.

    • A GUY

      I’m an Asshat who can’t get pussy and even in her aged state I wish I could hit that.

      Keep beating off troll.

    • mr. wiener

      “race traitor”…..fuck me , you really are a poor man’s Hongjian aren’t you. At least HJ is knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining.You are none of these.

    • Hongjian

      Burmese see themselves as chosen people, who are destined to rule South Asia – both in political as well as racial/ethnical sense. Bangladeshi, Cambodians, Laotian, fuck, even Viets and Thai-people see them as annoyances at best, and threats at worst.

      There’s a reason Bangladesh are stocking up on troops on their border to Myanmar, as well as buying upgraded Chinese Jianghu/Jiangwei-class guided missile frigates (that are superior and newer to those the Myanmar Navy received back then) to contain the Burmese from doing anything stupid down there. Same applies to Thailand, who, despite being US-ally, still enjoys good civilian and military relationship with China and shares the regional concerns over Myanmar in the recent years.

      China actually has quite some ‘allies’, or rather partners with common interests in the region, who arent seeing Myanmar’s recent development with the same rose-tinted glasses as the americunts, their vassals and the western world who are enthusiastic about the new tool for anti-chinese encirclement. Since, even though the democratization might be ongoing and irreversible, the Myanmar civilian as well as military govt. still follows the same foreign policy as before – this time, just with the USA as sugardaddy backing them.

      • A GUY

        Yep that’s the stuff.

        Everyone else is the crazy expansionist.

        So they were saints when the PRC backed them and their oppressive grip on the civilian population?

        Ahh you have reaffirmed my faith in Asshattery.

        I love you*.*

  • A GUY

    I can’t wait to hear how HongJian reacts to this.

    • A GUY

      thanks HJ

  • Coyote88

    China sent election monitors to make sure the results were rigged in their favour? Asking China to monitor the election is like asking the fox to guard the hen-house.

  • Sea Biscuit

    What does it mean by saying “along with other western countries”?

    • Interested

      The birth of democracy in Burma? Sadly not

      • mr. wiener

        Good article, thanks for the link. I prefer to see it as the first concession that will eventually bring something approaching real democratic reform in Burma. It is up to everyone to stay focused on this.

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  • Jane Feng

    I still remember the election for CPC members at grassroots level in Beijing last year. One of our journalism professor, an independent candidate, was kept watch on and limited with regard to his campaign. What is the validity of “democracy with Chinese characteristics” if the citizens are deterred from electing their grassroots candidate?Could the poor road condition in rural areas ever be an excuse for the impossibility of general election????

  • Mao’s Dong


    The hypocrisy is delectable!