One of Burma's top military leaders says "some big nations" are threatening Burma's culture and nationalist spirit.
In comments published in Burma's state-run media, General Thein Sein did not name the countries. He said some nations are using their wealth, technology and influence in the world news media to politically and culturally influence Burma. He also said outside powers are negatively influencing the country's youth.
Western nations accuse Burma's leaders of human rights abuses and suppressing local pro-democracy movements.
Last month, the United Nations Security Council placed Burma on its agenda which puts Burma's ruling leaders under greater international scrutiny. The Council said Burma's long-standing human rights violations have created regional instability.