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China’s three-stage solution to end Rohingya Crisis

Redwan Ahmed

Deadly attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanamar’s security forces on August 25 sparked a massive counterblast that the UN described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”Hundreds of thousand of Rohingyas poured into Bangladesh to seek refuge since. The UN Migration agency, IOM said it’s 6,21,066 till 19 November to be precise. The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has presented a three steps resolution to resolve the Rohingya crisis at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) biennial conference in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.“The first phase it to effect a ceasefire on the ground, to return to stability and order, so the people can enjoy peace and no longer be forced to flee,” China’s foreign ministry said.China in its proposal said that Bangladesh and Myanmar have to work for an fruitful bilateral solution to take back the Rohingyas in the second step when ceasefire is seen effective. China believes the first phase’s aim has already been achieved, and the key is to prevent recurrences.And in the third and final steps, all stakeholders need to work for a long-term solutions to eradicate poverty. Wang cited this poverty issue as the root cause of the conflict. China, regarded as a “Friendly” nation to both Bangladesh and Myanmar, always ill-favored their southern neighbors.Earlier, In March this year – China and Russia blocked a brief United Nations Security Council statement when the 15-member body met to discuss the situation in Rakhine state. The UN’s human rights office accused the military of mass killings and rape and atrocities in villages following attacks on police outposts in the region in October last year
Amid heavy pressure from the international communities, Myanmar still is not seen sweating enough. Many consider continuous diplomatic protection from China and Russia is one of the main reasons behind it. China is aiming for a seaport in Kyaukphyu special economic zone in the Rakhine State on the Bay of Bengal. Chinas strategic interest is clear enough.Myanmar’s de facto leader and the State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi inaugurated the foreign ministers conference in 51 countries of Asia and Europe. During his visit to Myanmar last week, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson highlighted most of the issues raised by China. But he urged to investigate the allegations of the atrocities against the Myanmar army through a credible fact-finding commission.


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