China, which is supporting Myanmar internationally on Rohingya issue, has told Bangladesh that it will help resolve the crisis.
And for that, according to the foreign ministry, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Bangladesh counterpart, AH Mahmood Ali, that Beijing would “not be partial to any side”.
The two ministers met in a bilateral meeting in Dhaka on Saturday, two days after China’s vote against a UN resolution that called on Myanmar to end military operations that have “led to the systematic violation and abuse of human rights” of Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine state.
In the past three months, more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military began an operation against Rohingya militants, who attacked 30 security posts and an army base in Rakhine state on Aug 25.
However, during his official visit to Bangladesh the Chinese foreign minister did not visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.
The UN called it a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. China wielded its veto power to prevent any resolution against Myanmar from the Security Council.
The foreign ministry said during the bilateral meeting “when the issue of the exodus of displaced Myanmar nationals was raised, the Chinese Foreign Minister stated that as a friend China will help resolve the issue and will not be partial to any side.”
“He, at the same time stressed the importance of continued consultations and dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the issue.”
“He acknowledged that Bangladesh is facing the brunt of continuing influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh,” the foreign ministry said.
“As a friend of both Bangladesh and Myanmar, China wants the problem to be solved peacefully.”
The Chinese foreign minister also promised continued humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
Mahmood Ali said Bangladesh remains engaged bilaterally with Myanmar for the solution of the problem and will look forward to China’s support for the early return of the Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar with “dignity and safety”.
The Chinese Foreign Minister also met with the Prime Minister during his daylong visit before his visit to Myanmar for the ASEM meeting.