World Divided Over Rohingya Crisis; Unlike United States, China Extends Support to Myanmar

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World Divided Over Rohingya Crisis; Unlike United States, China Extends Support to Myanmar

With India and China voicing support for Myanmar military crackdown, the world seems divided on Rohingya refugee crisis as the United States has slammed the action of Aung San Suu Kyi administration terming it as "ethnic cleansing".

New Delhi, Sept 12: Ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on a worsening Rohingya refugee crisis, China on Tuesday extended support to Myanmar government and backed the military crackdown. This came after India supported Myanmar government’s stand on Rohingya crisis. With India and China voicing support for Myanmar military crackdown, the world seems divided on Rohingya refugee crisis as the United States has slammed the action of Aung San Suu Kyi administration terming it as “ethnic cleansing”.

Despite the UN Human Rights Council’s criticism of India on the Rohingya issue, China said it backed the Myanmar government’s efforts to “safeguard stability” in the ongoing crisis over the Muslim minority Rohingya population there. “We think the international community should support the efforts of Myanmar in safeguarding the stability of its national development,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang was quoted as saying.

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“We condemn the violent attacks which happened in Rakhine state in Myanmar…We think the international community should support the efforts of Myanmar in safeguarding the stability of its national development,” Geng Shuang added. Earlier, the Chinese state media too asked the world community to stand with Myanmar government that is facing near-worldwide condemnation for the response to the attacks by ARSA on Rohingyas. “The outside world should help Myanmar resolve the sharp confrontation in Rakhine and realize national reconciliation to the utmost,” said the Chinese publication Global Times in an editorial.

India has adopted a similar position on Rohingya refugee crisis. Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on said India shared Myanmar’s concerns over the situation in Rakhine state and the loss of lives of security personnel and innocent people in the violence blamed on insurgents from the minority community, following which the UNHRC had come down heavily on India on the move to deport Rohingya Muslims.

“I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country. Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation. The Minister of State for Home Affairs has reportedly said that because India is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention the country can dispense with international law on the matter, together with basic human compassion,” said the UNHRC High Commissioner of UNHRC Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

While India and China supported Myanmar, the US called on officials in Myanmar to “stop the violence” after more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the country amid a brutal crackdown. “We call on Burmese security authorities to respect the rule of law, stop the violence, and end the displacement of civilians from all communities,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was quoted as saying.