After the Myanmar coup, China calls for all sides to ‘resolve differences’
On Monday, Beijing called for all parties in Myanmar to “resolve their differences” after the military detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and seized power.
“China is a friendly neighbour of Myanmar and hopes the various parties in Myanmar will appropriately resolve their differences under the constitutional and legal framework to protect political and social stability,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press briefing.
Wang said China — which shares a border with Myanmar — was still “furthering our understanding of the situation.”
The Myanmar`s military declared a one-year state of emergency in the country and this has ended a decade of civilian rule in the country.
Myanmar is an important part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s $1 trillion vision for maritime, rail and road projects across Asia, Africa and Europe — including a proposed $8.9 billion high-speed rail link from southern Yunnan province to Myanmar’s west coast.
Last year, 70 years of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar completed, on this occasion, Xi also visited Myanmar in January.
He promised that Beijing would “firmly support the Myanmar government and people in pursuing a development path suited to its own national conditions” in the meeting.
Xi also said, “China was ready to work together with the Myanmar side in… speeding up the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Myanmar’s development strategies.”
On Monday, Myanmar`s army declared that it will hold fresh elections after a year-long emergency has elapsed and the power will be given to the winning party.
“We will perform real multi-party democracy… with complete balance and fairness,” a statement on the army’s official Facebook page said.
It added that power will be transferred after “holding a free and fair general election and the emergency provisions period is complete.”
The Myanmar`s army had taken powers a year ago when they claimed that the election were fraud and declared a state of emergency. Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders were detained.