China Boosts Support for Burma Army, Countering US Sanctions

11-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 5:02 AM Print This Post

China says its policy toward Myanmar remains unaffected by the country’s domestic situation, bolstering support for a regime that has faced multiple rounds of sanctions from the US and its Western allies following a coup four months ago.

Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi told his counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin during a meeting on Tuesday in Chongqing that Beijing would continue implementing bilateral projects in the Southeast Asian nation, Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV reported.

“China’s friendly policy toward Myanmar is not affected by changes in Myanmar’s internal and external situations and remains oriented toward the people of Myanmar,” according to readout of the meeting on the website of China’s Foreign Ministry. “In the past, present and future, China supports Myanmar to independently choose a development path that suits its national conditions.” Beijing will continue to provide Myanmar with vaccines and medical supplies, the readout said.

The regime is seeking recognition from other countries as Myanmar’s rightful caretaker government because it faces a contesting claim by a unity government set up by allies of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The meeting comes a day after China hosted foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in which Malaysia and Singapore lamented slow progress in resolving the political crisis in Myanmar.

The National Unity government’s foreign minister, Zin March Aung, said in an open letter to Wang that the regime “does not represent the people of Myanmar.” “Attempts to legitimise it as the government of Myanmar may harm people-to-people relations between the two countries,” she wrote before the meeting in the southwestern Chinese city.

As of Tuesday, Myanmar’s security forces had killed more than 850 people and arrested nearly 6,000 others since they overthrew the democratically elected government on February 1. Civilian leaders including Suu Kyi have been detained, and a renewed conflict with armed rebel groups has displaced tens of thousands of villagers.


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