Japan offers aid to Bangladesh to alleviate Rohingya refugee crisis

Frederick Owens
November 20, 2017

Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the comments after meeting in Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw, with the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as its president, Htin Kyaw, and its powerful military chief, Min Aung Hlaing.

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.

The campaign has been described by the United Nations as "ethnic cleansing" and drawn widespread outrage from the worldwide community.

China and Myanmar, linked by mountains and rivers, are friendly neighbors and a community of common destiny, he said, adding that China hopes the Myanmar government follows the "Panglong" spirit and realizes lasting peace in the country".

The foreign ministers and the European Union envoy will go to Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar for attending the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and they will discuss there the Rohingya issue, said the junior minister.

Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw north of Rakhine state Myanmar
Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw north of Rakhine state Myanmar

Meanwhile, Germany, Sweden, Japan and the European Union also offered their strong support to Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue. "China is willing to help and play its part".

"China and Myanmar are very much different in size and power, but when it comes to mutual understanding, the two countries are friends with the same values", she said.

"China holds the view that the Rohingya issue can only be resolved after consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar, and only by this way can the agreement be accepted by the parties concerned and be sustainable", Xinhua news agency quoted Wang, as saying, in a press briefing at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.

Besides, the issue of climate change also came up for discussion in the meetings.

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