Burma Monks Massacred; Burma-China-India Triangle & Soft Power

London, UK - 01 October 2007, 17:11 GMT

Dear ATCA Colleagues

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Hla Win, 42, former chief of military intelligence in Rangoon's northern region, claims thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle according to sources. After defecting from the military junta and fleeing to the Thai border, he said, "Many more people have been killed in recent days than you've heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand." The mass-murder details emerged as Burma's military leader -- Senior General Than Shwe -- continued to snub the United Nation's peace envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, who is in Rangoon (Yangon) on a mission to convey the world's outrage to the government of Burma.

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We are grateful to:

. Ashutosh Sheshabalaya, CEO, India-Advisory, from Brussels, European Union, and Bassilly, Belgium, for "Burma-China-India Triangle and Soft Power;"
. The Rt Hon Lord Jenkin of Roding, Chairman, Foundation for Science & Technology, from The Palace of Westminster, London, UK, for "Persuading China over Burma;"
. Andrew Leung, CEO, AL International, London, UK, and frequent visitor to China for "China's Burmese chessboard;"
. Dr Harsh Pant, Department of Defence Studies, King's College, London, UK, for "South Asia's Emerging Democracy Deficit and the Role of India and China;"
. His Excellency Martin Morland, Former British Ambassador to Burma, London, UK, for "Alice in Wonderland Nature of Burma and the Mobile Camera;"

in response to the ATCA Research and Analysis Wing submission "Burma in Biggest Uprising in 20 Years: The China Black Swan."

Dear DK and Colleagues

Re: Burma-China-India Triangle and Soft Power

The Burma-China-India triangle is especially interesting. India, alongside the US and three other Asian democracies, Japan, Australia and Singapore, has been conducting extensive naval and naval-air exercises not far from the Burmese coast and China's base in Cocos.

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Ashutosh Sheshabalaya

Ashutosh Sheshabalaya is the author of 'Rising Elephant', which is a heavily-researched bestseller about India's rise and long-term opportunity and challenge to the West, published in the US, India and Europe. Described as a "tour de force" by the Director of UBS bank's Wolfsberg think-tank and as "highly provocative" by former Indian Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, 'Rising Elephant' has been reviewed worldwide. He has worked in Brussels as an accredited foreign correspondent, in public affairs (for the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries), and as a strategic consultant -- both for private corporations as well as the European Commission, Invest in Sweden Agency and others. In total, he has led research projects for over 65 studies covering a wide range of industries. Now heading Belgium-based India-Advisory, he is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars in Europe, India and the US, author of the 'Eye on the Tigers' column for E!Sharp, published by EU think-tank The Centre, and an occasional contributor to Yale University's Center for Globalisation and Washington's Globalist. A winner of the all-India National Science Talent Scholarship and the Wien International Scholarship, he studied at a leading Indian engineering institution, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and at Brandeis University in the US. Mr Sheshabalaya is married to a Belgian and is part of New and Old India. His parents were both university Vice Chancellors, and his family includes an Industry Minister in the Nehru government, a Commissioner in British India and representative of the Tata industrial group, one of India's first women legislators, senior military officers, diplomats and seven members of the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS).


We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank you.

Best wishes

For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA)

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