Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on December 13, 2018
Q: The three ethnic armed groups in northern Myanmar, namely, the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Arakan Army (AA) issued a peace statement in Kunming yesterday, saying that they are willing to engage politically in Myanmar’s reconciliation and peace process. What’s your comment?
A: After positive dialogues and negotiations, the Myanmar government and the three northern Myanmar ethnic armed groups, namely the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Arakan Army (AA), have reached consensus on the three ethnic armed groups issuing a peace statement. The three ethnic armed groups said that they are willing to resolve problems with the Myanmar government and military through dialogue and take part in Myanmar’s reconciliation and peace process through political means. This marks important positive progress in Myanmar’s peace process and China welcomes and supports that.
As a friendly neighbor to Myanmar, China supports the Myanmar government in continuously promoting the comprehensive and inclusive peace and reconciliation process and hopes that all parties in Myanmar will continue to meet each other halfway to advance talks and realize national peace and development at an early date. China stands ready to continuously play a constructive role to this end.