A senior US diplomat said the United States is pushing China, India and Japan to use their influence to increase pressure on Myanmar's military leaders after a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters last week.
Angry US lawmakers called Wednesday for the United States and the world to do more; they also heaped criticism on China, Myanmar's top trading partner, for not taking a stronger stand.
Scot Marciel, a deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told a Senate subcommittee that the junta's squashing of demonstrations with gunfire, tear gas and baton charges has reinforced the Bush administration's commitment to see that democracy is restored in Myanmar.
"We're working to turn the international outrage into increased pressure on the regime," he said, by pushing Myanmar's Asian neighbors and others to do more.
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