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China vows positive role in resolving Myanmar’s state crises

Beijing, 5 April, 2024 (GNP): China reaffirmed its dedication to contributing positively to the resolution of tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, emphasizing the need for stability amidst recent outbreaks of violence.

Speaking at a UN Security Council briefing, Geng Shuang, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, elaborated on China’s position regarding the conflict.

Geng underscored the internal nature of the situation in Myanmar, urging the international community to uphold Myanmar’s sovereignty and facilitate constructive dialogue among the parties involved.

Highlighting China’s role as a friendly neighbor to Myanmar, Geng emphasized the country’s active monitoring of developments in the Rakhine State.

He emphasized China’s commitment to promoting peace through multiple diplomatic channels and stressed the importance of regional cooperation in resolving the conflict.

Geng’s remarks underscored China’s ongoing engagement in efforts to stabilize the situation and foster peaceful resolution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The ambassador noted that a Chinese delegation presently active in Myanmar is engaged in mediation and communication efforts, showcasing China’s proactive approach to resolving the conflict.

Geng reiterated China’s strong bond with Myanmar and its unwavering support for the nation’s stability, development, and welfare. He affirmed China’s inclusive friendship policy towards all people of Myanmar, pledging ongoing assistance and a constructive role in seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the Rakhine State.

Expressing gratitude for Bangladesh’s support for refugees from Rakhine State since 2017, the ambassador acknowledged the complexities hindering repatriation efforts due to the resurgence of conflict.

Geng commended the collaborative efforts of Myanmar, Bangladesh, regional countries, and the UN in laying the groundwork for facilitating the return of displaced individuals, despite the challenges posed by the conflict.

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Geng highlighted China’s active diplomatic endeavors aimed at facilitating repatriation, reaffirming China’s dedication to assisting both nations in promptly resolving the repatriation issue.

Emphasizing China’s longstanding ties with Myanmar and Bangladesh, Geng opposed proposed sanctions on Myanmar, asserting that such measures would only exacerbate tensions and confrontation.

Instead, he advocated for dialogue, mutual understanding, and trust-building initiatives to foster an environment conducive to repatriation and conflict resolution.

Additionally, Geng underscored the crucial role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in this process, lauding its constructive engagement with Myanmar and provision of humanitarian aid.

He urged sustained international backing for ASEAN’s leadership, stressing the importance of upholding the ‘ASEAN way’ characterized by solidarity and dialogue.”