China to work with Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya issue

November 19, 2017

DHAKA (INP):Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China is willing to help Bangladesh and Myanmar properly resolve the Rohingya issue.
Speaking to the press during his visit to Bangladesh, he said the turbulence in Myanmar has spread to Bangladesh and brought burden to it, yet Bangladesh has managed to provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya people who have crossed border into Bangladesh.
While speaking highly of the move taken by Bangladesh, Wang said China has provided emergency humanitarian aid to Bangladesh timely and is willing to do so if it is necessary.
The Chinese foreign minister hoped that Myanmar will consult with Bangladesh on how to solve the Rohingya issue as soon as possible.
China is pleased that Bangladesh and Myanmar have interacted with each over on the issue for several times, and that an agreement on repatriating the Rohingya people in Bangladesh will be reached, he said. China holds the view that the Rohingya issue can only be solved properly by the consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar, and only by this way can the agreement be accepted by the parties concerned and be sustainable, Wang said. The Chinese foreign minister noted that the international community including the United Nations should create a good atmosphere for the consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The Rohingya issue is a complicated one touching on history, ethnicity and religion, among others, thus it calls for a comprehensive solution, said Wang.
Stressing that poverty is the root cause of turbulence and conflict, the Chinese foreign minister called on the international community to pay more attention to and support poverty reduction and development in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
Meanwhile, Wang Yi met Prime Minister Hossina Wajid. She congratulated him for successful holding of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, and thanked the Chinese side for offering long-term support and aid to Bangladesh’s development and construction. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to Bangladesh, establishing the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries, Hasina said, adding that the Bangladeshi side is willing to further deepen pragmatic cooperation with the Chinese side in all fields. Wang expressed the hope that the two sides could speed up the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, and actively push forward the building of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar-Economic Corridor.
The Chinese foreign minister also suggested the two sides to explore new cooperation areas such as maritime cooperation. China will continue to encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in Bangladesh, he added.
Hasina and Wang also discussed the Rohingya issue. Wang said the issue should be resolved by Bangladesh and Myanmar through dialogue and consultation, and expected the two sides to sign an agreement as scheduled on the repatriation of the Rohingya people who have crossed into Bangladesh.