DERRY, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, called on China to flex its political muscle in Myanmar and criticized that nation's military government for suppressing pro-democracy demonstrations, during a campaign swing Sunday through this Granite State town.
"We should impose even stronger sanctions and we should tell the Chinese that if they're going to play a major role in the world, they should exercise their influence over Burma to stop this wanton killing and imprisonment of innocent people who only seek democracy and freedom," said McCain, who is seeking his party's presidential nomination. Myanmar is better known as Burma.
When asked by CNN if it was realistic to expect the Chinese government to exert their authority in Burma, McCain issued this warning.
"It's realistic to expect them to act in the mature fashion that they should as a world power and it's disgraceful they haven't, and we should condemn them if they don't," he said. "And it would impact at least in some ways our relations with China. This is all about killing innocent people and they can do something about it. Now they can’t maybe bring it to an immediate halt but they can certainly have a beneficial effect on the Burmese government."
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla