China stands with Myanmar on Rohingya Issue
Published : Sunday, 25 August, 2019 at 3:35 PM Count : 278
China has reiterated its stands with Myanmar when it comes to international pressure over the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State.
Quoting an army website, an online report of The Irrawaddy, said the assurance came from a meeting between Chinese Ambassador Chen Hai and Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Napyitaw on Thursday.
The Office of the Commander-in-Chief released a brief statement about the discussions between Chen and Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, saying the Chinese envoy highlighted three key points: Beijing doesn’t accept international pressure on Myanmar regarding the Rohingya and human rights; it seriously condemns the recent violent attacks in northern Shan State and Mandalay Region’s garrison town of Pyin Oo Lwin; and it “would continue to support Myanmar’s peace process and possible ways to improve peace dialogue” with ethnic rebel groups.
Meanwhile, 3,500 Rohingya refugees were due to be repatriated to Maungdaw Township in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State from Bangladesh on Friday.
If their return goes ahead as scheduled, it will be the first such repatriation under an official agreement worked out between the countries. More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh following the Myanmar military’s clearance operations against Rohingya militants in 2017.
However, the government’s plan could be delayed, as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) urged the government to suspend plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees until conditions on the Myanmar side allow for a “safe, voluntary and dignified” return.