China supports the Myanmar’s government’s efforts in safeguarding peace and stability and would not join other countries in condemning what many term a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” against Muslims, an official with the ruling Chinese Communist Party said yesterday.
“Based on experience, you can see recently the consequences when one country interferes in another. We won’t do it,” said Guo Yezhou, a deputy head of the Chinese Communist Party’s international department. He told this to reporters on the sidelines of a party congress.
China believes that Myanmar’s government and people can handle its problems on its own and are “capable of handling” the situation without outside help, Guo said.
“China and Myanmar are friendly, neighbouring countries joined by rivers and mountains. China will be affected if there’s any unstable situation in Myanmar,” he added.
Mr. Guo also said that China’s principle was not to interfere in the internal affairs of another country when asked why China’s approach to the crisis in northern Rakhine was different from Western nations.
U.N. officials have described Myanmar’s strategy as “ethnic cleansing”, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.
Myanmar’s National Security Advisor has urged the UN and international communities not to use the terms “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” lightly regarding the issues in northern Rakhine State.
He made the remark at the meeting on the Situation in Myanmar in the United Nations Security Council on 28th September in New York, after the terms were used in statements made by the UN Secretary-General and representatives of the member states of the council.
“There is no ethnic cleansing and genocide in Myanmar. Ethnic cleansing and genocide are serious charges and they should not be used lightly. It would be a sad commentary of our times if we allowed emotions to cloud over and assert that what is happening in Rakhine is ethnic cleansing without first undertaking a legal review and making a judicial determination,” said U Thaung Tun, National Security Advisor.