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China backs Myanmar government efforts to 'safeguard

AFP  |  Beijing 

today said it backs the Myanmar government's efforts to "uphold peace and stability" in Rakhine state, where a military crackdown has sent more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing for

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments as the United Nations Security Council prepared to hold an urgent meeting on the crisis tomorrow.


Rohingya militants attacked police posts in late August, prompting a military backlash that has sent nearly a third of the Muslim minority population fleeing to

International pressure on Myanmar's has increased as UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the violence seemed to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

But UN diplomats have said China, one of Myanmar's main trade partners, has been resisting involvement by the top UN council in addressing the crisis.

"We condemn the violent attacks which happened in Rakhine state in Myanmar," Geng told a regular briefing.

"We support Myanmar's efforts in upholding peace and stability in the Rakhine state. We hope order and the normal life there will be recovered as soon as possible," he said.

"We think the international community should support the efforts of Myanmar in safeguarding the stability of its national development.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 16:57 IST
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