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27 Sep 2007

Siobhan Devine, United Press International

Analysis: Gas, oil get Myanmar off hook

Despite international condemnation of the Myanmarese government, competition for oil and gas will likely limit pressure on it from China and others in the region. "A humanitarian catastrophe might shift Chinese behavior, but right now Beijing probably believes that access to Burma's energy potential and its strategic location still outweigh the political costs," said Roberto M. Herrera-Lim...at the Eurasia Group...“China ... (doesn't) interfere with a country where they have business...French and American oil companies are also in Burma. (Currently,) there’s very little pressure being put on them.”...Total and Unocal (now Chevron) made headlines in 1996 when Myanmarese nationals brought a case against Unocal for human-rights violations related to the Yadana Project... Cases were also brought against Total.