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Rohingya crisis: China backs Myanmar gov’t efforts to ‘safeguard stability’

China said Tuesday 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 Bangladesh.

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Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state shelter in a makeshift tent after arriving at a refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017. Photo: AFP/K M Asad.

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

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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 Bangladesh.

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

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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.

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

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“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.

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

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Rohingya crisis: China backs Myanmar gov't efforts to 'safeguard stability'