China echoes India to call for restraint in Myanmar

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Less than a week after India called for restraint in Myanmar, China has also issued a similar statement even as it without naming the USA warned against external interference in Myanmar.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi following his meetings with some of his SE Asian counterparts told his country’s media on Monday, “We call on all parties in Myanmar to exercise the utmost restraint to stop violence and prevent another bloody conflict that aggravates civilian casualties. We all urge all parties in Myanmar to seek political understanding through dialogue within the constitution and legal framework as soon as possible.”

Wang said China would continue to maintain contact and communication with all parties in Myanmar.

Last week at a closed door meet of the UN Security Council India called for restraint and deplored violence and loss of deaths. India has been of the view that the military junta needs to be engaged for durable solution to crisis amid prevailing geo-politics and to prevent pushing the current regime towards Beijing.

Wrapping up his week-long series of meetings with his counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in Fujian, Wang said efforts should be made to stop tensions escalating in Myanmar.

“We are aware that we have to be alert to some external forces infiltrating Myanmar with ulterior motives, provoking trouble and intensifying divisions, which makes the situation more complicated,” Wang told Chinese state media.

“We all hope that the international community will uphold an objective and fair attitude and create a favourable external environment for Myanmar’s domestic political reconciliation, instead of arbitrarily imposing sanctions and pressure.”

Wang said China is willing to coordinate positions with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in a timely manner and provide necessary assistance to the bloc, amid efforts by the current ASEAN Chair Brunei and Indonesia’s efforts to address the crisis within Myanmar. “We call on all parties in Myanmar to exercise the utmost restraint to stop violence and prevent another bloody conflict that aggravates civilian casualties. We all urge all parties in Myanmar to seek political understanding through dialogue within the constitution and legal framework as soon as possible.”

But Wang’s warning over external interference in Myanmar comes as Chinese officials faced sanctions from USA, UK, Canada and EU over human rights abuses in Xinjiang province. The US has also imposed sanctions over Beijing’s policies in Hong Kong.

The USA has suspended all engagement with Myanmar under a 2013 trade and investment agreement until the return of a democratically elected government.

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