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Envoy: China plays unique role in resolving Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 02:36 pm November 24th, 2019
File Photo: Rohingya men and women migrating to different camps in Cox Bazar Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Beijing will do whatever they can to help alleviate the situation and push forward early repatriation, the envoy said

Beijing is playing a role in finding a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis as China shares Bangladesh’s concerns regarding the issue, said Li Jiming, the Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka.

“China is trying to persuade Myanmar all the time that the eventual solution of the Rohingya issue will be beneficial to both the countries (Bangladesh and Myanmar), and I believe that the Rohingya issue will be settled in the end,” he said on Sunday.

The Chinese Ambassador was addressing a seminar, “Finding a way to Peaceful Repatriation of Rohingyas,” organized by English daily Bangladesh Post at the National Press Club in Dhaka, reports BSS.

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming speaks at a seminar titled ‘Finding a way to peaceful repatriation of Rohingya,’ at the National Press Club on  November 24, 2019 | Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneChina cares, China contributes, and China acts in resolving the crisis and with its traditional friendship with Bangladesh and Myanmar, Beijing will do whatever they can to help alleviate the situation and push forward early repatriation, the envoy said.

But he simultaneously added that despite its good relations with Myanmar, Beijing could not lecture “Myanmar what to do” since it is a sovereign country. That requires China to pursue the matter diplomatically following the principle of equality and mutual respect.

“Here I want to make it very clear that, Myanmar is a sovereign country as Bangladesh is. China has no right to lecture Myanmar what to do,” he said.

Jiming said: "It is a well-accepted idea in many countries that China has a huge influence over Myanmar as whatever we (China) say Myanmar will listen and do accordingly."

But he feared that this idea might lead one to believe that China was always on the side of Myanmar for economic interests and would not really help Bangladesh, which actually was a wrong conception.

“What I and my colleague in Yangon (Naypyidaw), Ambassador Chen Hai, have been doing is to convey messages and to make suggestions. We have never forced the two sides to do anything that they do not want to do,” he said.

He said representatives of Bangladesh, China, and Myanmar in an informal meeting in New York this September reached a consensus on starting Rohingya repatriation as early as possible, forming a joint working mechanism within the three countries and promoting development in the area as a fundamental solution.