Coup in Myanmar: China urges junta to negotiate with adversaries

Wang is in Myanmar on his first visit since the junta toppled the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021. Chinese-backed projects, including a controversial dam and an economic corridor.

“We call on all parties in Myanmar to engage in political dialogue within the constitutional and legal framework and restart the democratic transition process,” Wang said. remarks published by his ministry. He also pledged support and reiterated his hope for Myanmar’s “political and social stability”.

“China is paying close attention to the situation in Myanmar and is willing to continue to play a constructive role in its own way,” he said. “We will jointly support Myanmar’s efforts to rebuild its economy, improve the living conditions of the people and ensure the rights and interests of the people at the grassroots level.”

Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin thanked China for its “selfless assistance to Myanmar’s national development,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Wang arrived at Nyaung Oo Airport in Bagan City on Sunday, where he was greeted by senior military leaders and other government officials.

He will lead a Chinese delegation that will take part in a meeting of senior foreign ministers with their counterparts from across the region, including Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, although it is not yet clear if he will meet with Min Aung Hlaing.

A soldier guards a road while security forces search for protesters in Yangon.
China remains one of Myanmar’s few international allies. He refused to condemn the 2021 coup that toppled the junta. Suu Kyiwho is now being held in solitary confinement in prison, raising concerns from global observers and human rights groups.
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Earlier in April, Beijing signaled its support for the junta’s leaders, saying that support would remain “regardless of how the situation changes.”

China is also one of Myanmar’s biggest trading partners, investing billions of dollars to develop mineral, oil and natural gas deposits in the resource-rich country, and along with Moscow, Beijing is supplying weapons to the junta’s armed forces, according to the UN.

Wang’s visit comes as the country is descending into new unrest. Not only ousted leader Suu Kyi in jail, but scheduled state executions of two men, veteran pro-democracy activist Ko Jimmy and former National League for Democracy MP Fio Zayar Tou, caused outrage from the United Nations, which called it “a flagrant violation of the right to life, liberty and security.”

Yang Chong, a political science professor and regional security expert at the National University of Singapore, said Myanmar’s political stability is in Beijing’s interest.

“It seems to me that Beijing is trying to achieve some kind of settlement in Myanmar, or at least looks like it is doing so, and its approach seems to be to give the junta some of the legitimacy it craves,” Chong said.

“Whether this will change the behavior of the junta regarding the civil war started by their coup is doubtful, but it could give Beijing more leverage over the military.”