China pledged to continue playing “a constructive role” to quickly stabilize the situation on the ground in Myanmar’s Rakhine state amid a recent resumption of fighting.

At the UN Security Council briefing on the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Geng Shuang, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, detailed China’s stance on the ongoing conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State .

Given the recent escalation of the conflict, which has raised international concern, Geng stressed that this is an internal matter of Myanmar and urged the international community to respect the country’s sovereignty and facilitate dialogue between the parties involved.

“As a friendly neighbor of Myanmar, China has closely followed developments in Rakhine State,” Geng stated, highlighting China’s dedication to promoting peace through “multiple channels.”

A Chinese delegation is currently in Myanmar to mediate and communicate, demonstrating China’s proactive approach to resolving the conflict, the ambassador said.

Geng reiterated China’s deep connection with Myanmar and its commitment to supporting Myanmar’s stability, development and well-being. “China’s policy of friendship with Myanmar extends to all the people of Myanmar,” he said, pledging continued assistance and “a constructive role” in seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Rakhine State.

Joint statement of foreign ministers on the situation in Myanmar

The ambassador thanked Bangladesh for its support to the refugees of Rakhine State since 2017.

Acknowledging the challenges of repatriation, exacerbated by the resurgence of conflict, Geng praised the foundational work of Myanmar and Bangladesh, supported by regional countries and the UN, to facilitate the return of displaced people.

“China has actively undertaken diplomatic efforts to facilitate the repatriation,” Geng said, reaffirming China’s commitment to helping both nations achieve an early resolution of the repatriation issue.

Geng reiterated China’s deep connection with Myanmar and its commitment to supporting the stability, development and well-being of Myanmar

Highlighting China’s long relationship with both Myanmar and Bangladesh, Geng opposed the proposed sanctions against Myanmar, arguing that they would “only aggravate hostilities and confrontation.” Instead, he advocated for dialogue, mutual understanding and confidence-building measures to create an environment conducive to repatriation and conflict resolution.

Geng also noted the essential role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the process, praising its positive progress in engaging Myanmar and providing humanitarian aid.

He urged continued international support for ASEAN leadership, emphasizing respect for the “ASEAN path” of solidarity and dialogue.


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