Kio is a
refugee living in Bangkok. He prefers to remain anonymous.
supplying the Junta with military equipment since 1988. They even gave them a
million-dollar loan to be able to buy the stuff, which is mainly heavy
artillery and military vehicles. The Chinese authorities have reason to want a
calm Junta. They don't want any trouble because the Olympic Games are on their
way, and also because they want to avoid an influx of refugees. That's why they
openly criticised the crackdown in September. That was a first. But at the same
time, they want to maintain their trade links, particularly to sustain sales of
military material. However, competition has recently increased, especially with
India, who actually
succeeded in selling fighter-planes to Burma last year. The trucks that
come through the Sino-Burmese border - the FAW models - have been used by the
army for the past 20 years. According to the blog that published these photos,
they were giving a ‘present' to the junta, probably in exchange for jade, teak
or farming produce."