China to support Myanmar ‘no matter how the situation develops’ in latest show of support for ruling military council

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Myanmar’s military, which overthrew the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021, continues to face resistance that has now amounted to what some UN experts have described as a civil war.

In this photo released by Chinese news agency Xinhua, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin in Tunxi, east China’s Anhui Province. Xinhua via AP

China said it would support neighbor Myanmar “no matter how the situation develops”, in the latest show of unequivocal Chinese support for the ruling military council that took over last year.

China “has always placed Myanmar in an important position in its neighborhood diplomacy” and is willing to “deepen exchanges and cooperation”, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Burmese counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin on Friday, according to a report. Chinese official. Xinhua News Agency.

The parties should speed up work on the China-Myanmar economic corridor, step up the construction of “historic grand projects” and “deepen solidarity in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic”, Wang said.

“No matter how the situation develops, China will support Myanmar in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and exploring a development path suited to its national conditions,” he said. said Mr. Wang.

Myanmar’s military, which overthrew the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021, continues to face resistance that has now amounted to what some UN experts have described as a civil war.

The government also faces genocide charges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

In exchange for diplomatic support and material assistance from China, Myanmar is a staunch ally of Beijing in the nine-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

However, Myanmar’s military leader was barred from attending ASEAN meetings following the military’s takeover and violent crackdown on opposition to his rule.

China pursues what it calls an independent foreign policy of peace that generally prioritizes its own narrow interests, with little or no regard for a country’s human rights record or other internal controversies.

China has refused to criticize Russia for its invasion of Ukraine while blaming the West for instigating the conflict.

And on Thursday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping gave strong support to Afghanistan without mentioning human rights abuses by the country’s Taliban leadership, even as much of the world was angry with the group. Islamic radical who reneged on a promise a day earlier to open schools for girls beyond sixth grade.

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