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China calls for understanding of Myanmar's need to protect stability

 

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Rohingya refugee children pictured in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

 

BEIJING (Reuters) - Violent incidents in Myanmar's Rakhine state are unacceptable and there should be understanding of the Myanmar government's efforts to protect social stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Indonesian counterpart, state media said.

 

More than 400,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh following a counter-insurgency offensive by Myanmar's army in the wake of militant attacks on security forces. U.N. officials have described Myanmar's strategy as "ethnic cleansing".

 

The remarks by Wang to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in New York on Tuesday, however, appeared to show some sympathy for the difficulties Myanmar faces quelling the insurgency.

 

The Rohingya issue has been around for a long time, and it is complex and sensitive, Wang said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

 

"The urgent task is to ease the tense situation as quickly as possible, avoid innocent people being harmed, prevent the humanitarian crisis spreading, and encouraging and supporting Myanmar and Bangladesh to seek a fundamental resolution via dialogue and consultation," he said.

 

China, which has close economic and diplomatic ties with Myanmar, is willing to continue playing a constructive role along with the international community, Wang added.

 

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished, but she did not address U.N. accusations of ethnic cleansing, drawing cool international responses and calls for action to help minority Muslim Rohingya.

 

Western diplomats and aid officials, hoping for an unequivocal condemnation of violence and hate speech, welcomed the tone of the Nobel Peace laureate's message, but some doubted if she had done enough to deflect global criticism.

 

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

 
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" Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished..." They must have heard a different speech than me. BS. She claimed she didn't know why they fled, maybe they could tell her, plus a Trumpian  false equivalency "bad guys on both sides". Suu we understand you have no control over the military, and that the "cleansing" is widely supported by Buddhist hardliners, but some times you just have to stand up to injustice, like when you got famous for doing so. Seems power corrupts, even you

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China is making a ton of money off illicit trades with Myanmar.  Go to the jade market in Mandalay.  The buyers are mainly Chinese.  It's now being called blood jade.

 

https://www.ft.com/content/cf46e086-6909-11e6-a0b1-d87a9fea034f

 

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The dark shadow of Myanmar’s jade trade

Coveted by wealthy Chinese but produced by a corrupt industry, jadeite brings harm as well as income to Myanmar

 

 
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5 hours ago, craigt3365 said:

China is making a ton of money off illicit trades with Myanmar.  Go to the jade market in Mandalay.  The buyers are mainly Chinese.  It's now being called blood jade.

 

https://www.ft.com/content/cf46e086-6909-11e6-a0b1-d87a9fea034f

 

 

Wow.... I had to look that up.

 

i only ever curiously wondered about the economics involved in maintaining the junta. Obviously it takes a mountain of jade, mined by a slave army

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7 hours ago, Emster23 said:

" Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished..." They must have heard a different speech than me. BS. She claimed she didn't know why they fled, maybe they could tell her, plus a Trumpian  false equivalency "bad guys on both sides". Suu we understand you have no control over the military, and that the "cleansing" is widely supported by Buddhist hardliners, but some times you just have to stand up to injustice, like when you got famous for doing so. Seems power corrupts, even you

 It is all very well for people outside of Myanmar to criticise Aung San Suu Kyi for not standing up to the Burmese military; particularly as you and they won't be the ones back under house arrest. True?       

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2 hours ago, farcanell said:

Wow.... I had to look that up.

 

i only ever curiously wondered about the economics involved in maintaining the junta. Obviously it takes a mountain of jade, mined by a slave army

Which Junta would that be?

Myanmar has a democratically elected Government.

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15 hours ago, tryasimight said:

Which Junta would that be?

Myanmar has a democratically elected Government.

And so does North Korea.  LOL.  Myanmar is far from a  democratic government.  Suu Kyi is just a figurehead with no power or authority.  That all lies with the military.

 

Don't let labels like that fool you.

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17 hours ago, farcanell said:

Wow.... I had to look that up.

 

i only ever curiously wondered about the economics involved in maintaining the junta. Obviously it takes a mountain of jade, mined by a slave army

This will break your heart.  Many die every year mining jade in unsafe conditions for next to nothing.  All profits go to a select few.

 

https://www.wired.com/2017/05/minzayar-oo-the-price-of-jade/

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35 minutes ago, craigt3365 said:

And so does North Korea.  LOL.  Myanmar is far from a  democratic government.  Suu Kyi is just a figurehead with no power or authority.  That all lies with the military.

 

Don't let labels like that fool you.

How long have you lived in Myanmar?

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