China offers support to Myanmar government to protect its national security

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres prior to their meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Vastavam web: China supports efforts by the Myanmar government to protect its national security and opposes recent violent attacks in the country’s Rakhine state, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.The military response to insurgent attacks in the western region of Myanmar last month sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh, escaping what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.
Wang told Guterres at a meeting at the United Nations on Monday China “understands and supports” Myanmar’s efforts to protect its security in Rakhine and hopes the “fire of war” can soon be extinguished, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.China expresses sympathy with those who have fled into Bangladesh and will send humanitarian aid to Bangladesh, Wang said.“China advocates Myanmar and Bangladesh resolving the problem via dialogue and consultation,” the Foreign Ministry cited Wang as saying.China and Myanmar have close economic and diplomatic ties and China has defied expectations that democratisation in the former Burma could lead to weaker relations between the two countries.