Chinese offers to help Bangladesh, Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue


On Saturday, Wang told reporters in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, where he met with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, that the Rohingya crisis should be solved bilaterally between Myanmar and Bangladesh, and should not involve outside parties.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the premier discussed about various aspects of the Rohingya crisis and said it will be hard for Bangladesh to keep them for a long time.

The United Nations estimates that more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine State have flooded into Bangladesh since late August, when violence broke out between Rohingya insurgents and security forces, prompting a harsh crackdown.

"First is to have a cease-fire and to restore order and stability, so the people could stop running away and live in peace", Wang said.

The economic corridor, in consideration of Myanmar's national development plan and its actual needs, will start in north from China's Yunnan Province, go down south to the central Myanmar city of Mandalay, and further extend east to the new city of Yangon and west to the Kyaukpyu special economic zone, forming a three-pillar giant cooperation pattern, he explained.

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The third stage, he said, is for the global community to help develop Rakhine. Actions in the United Nations Security Council must help Bangladesh-Myanmar bilateral cooperation to resolve the problem peacefully.

Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told Wang that Bangladesh is trying to resolve the issue both bilaterally and internationally as it could not afford the huge burden of the refugees.

Bangladesh has launched talks with Myanmar aimed at a deal to repatriate Rohingya refugees and Dhaka's foreign minister will address the matter at talks in Myanmar this week, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry said on Sunday.

The foreign ministry statement said the two countries "expect to form a joint working group to facilitate the repatriation".