Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on October 11, 2017
Q: As to the issue of the Rohingya people in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, there is still a large exodus going on in Myanmar. This crisis has put some pressure on the government of Western countries and force them to take action to address the humanitarian crisis. Whether China’s position has changed over the prolonged and escalating situation? Whether China will support any measures on Myanmar including backing UN resolutions or other multilateral proposals for sanctions?
A: As to the situation in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, China has stated its stance at request multiple times. We hope the relevant issue can be properly handled through dialogue and negotiation as early as possible, and the conflict be subsided and the innocent spared from harm. The Chinese side has noted the series of measures of the Myanmar government to ease the situation and uphold the stability of the Rakhine State. The Chinese side supports Myanmar’s effort to uphold peace and stability in the Rakhine State and we hope Myanmar can maintain social stability, ethnic solidarity and economic development.
We also call upon the international community to view the situation in the Rakhine State in an objective manner, because the relevant issue is rather sensitive and complex, and involves complex historical, ethnic and religious factors. We encourage Myanmar and Bangladesh to seek a fundamental way out through friendly negotiation. The decisions or measures of the United Nations and other relevant institutions shall also be conducive to the settlement of the issue.