Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on October 10, 2007
Leave it to the People’s Daily to find some upbeat news from Burma. Yes, the junta may be killing monks and crushing dissent. But according to the official newspaper of China’s Communist Party, there are still plenty of investment opportunities in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation. At least, so says Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency. The People’s Daily has a Xinhua story on a report from the press in Burma (or Myanmar, as the regime there has renamed the country) on a German delegation that visited the country last month to look into setting up production of pharmaceuticals there. Writes Xinhua: “German entrepreneurs are planning to set up pharmaceutical industries in Myanmar to produce home-use capsules and tablets as part of foreign engagement in the development of the sector, a major local news journal reported Tuesday.”
Apparently the delegation traveled to Burma in September, before news of the latest protests really spread worldwide. We’ll see whether the investment really does go forward. In the meantime, though, I did learn from this that not only does the Burmese newspaper the Yangon Times Journal have a website, it also has one of those slogans that would be unintentionally funny if not for the fact that people are now dying: The paper describes itself as “Your Best Choice for Truth and Usefulness.”
The rest of the site is in gibberish since there’s no English version; you need to download special fonts if you want to read it in the original. So no, not the most useful. And you can take a guess on whether the part about truth is any more accurate.