China stresses non-interference in Myanmar issue, urging dialogue
Updated 13:24, 03-Apr-2021

Beijing has – on multiple occasions – stressed that no external force should interfere in Myanmar's internal problems, while urging dialogue to find a path out of the crisis.

That position was reiterated during State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi's recent meetings with officials from several Southeast Asian countries.

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The Southeast Asian country's military took power on February 1, citing "election fraud" after losing heavily in the November 8, 2020 elections. Mass protests have taken place since, as elected leaders including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint remain in detention.

Demonstrators take cover behind a barricade during a protest in Mandalay, Myanmar, March 15, 2021. /Reuters

Demonstrators take cover behind a barricade during a protest in Mandalay, Myanmar, March 15, 2021. /Reuters

The protests have sometimes turned violent. Last month, 32 Chinese-invested garment companies were brutally smashed, set on fire and robbed. "They don't want it (money). All they have is, 'I don't like you Chinese being here in Myanmar'," Yangon factory owner Mr. Gu told CMG after the attack took place.

The Chinese embassy in Myanmar has asked local police to take strong measures to protect the safety of Chinese businesses and employees.

'Dialogue for political settlement'

In talks between Wang Yi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin on Friday, the Chinese official pointed out that China is in support of dialogue between all parties in Myanmar under the framework of the country's constitution and other relevant laws. 

Wang called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) group at large, of which Myanmar is a member of, to uphold the principles of non-interference in internal affairs and making decisions through consensus and seek common ground.

The Chinese diplomat said further conflicts, especially those involving violent acts, should be prohibited. He also urged the United Nations Security Council against "inappropriate intervention," which may complicate the situation. 

On the basis of respecting Myanmar's sovereignty and the will of its people, China stands ready to engage and communicate with all relevant parties, and play a constructive role in easing the tensions in Myanmar, said Wang. 

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