China calls for peace in Myanmar


-Urges political parties to start dialogue, stop violence

BEIJING: China hopes varied political parties and factions in Myanmar should initiate dialogue and consultation as soon as possible, said a spokesperson from China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday.
China is seriously concerned with the violence and bloodletting in Myanmar, which hurts Myanmar people. Now restraint should be observed to avoid aggravating the situation there, Hua Chunying, the spokesperson, told a daily news briefing in Beijing. Hua expressed concern over the current tensions in Myanmar, calling on all parties in the country to launch dialogue as soon as possible to bridge differences. And, she suggested the international community does not interfere in its internal affairs.
China and ASEAN countries hold a lot of common ground on the Myanmar issue and will work closely with ASEAN to promote peace talks there, Hua said.
Myanmar is a member of the ASEAN family, and China’s neighbor. China sincerely hopes that all parties and factions in Myanmar will bear in mind the long-term interests of the country, to launch dialogue and consultations as soon as possible to bridge differences within the constitutional and legal frameworks, and continue to push forward the hard-won process of democratic transformation, Hua said.
The ministry also said State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the situation in Myanmar with visiting Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein during their meetings over the past two days.
“China is seriously concerned with the violence and bloodletting in Myanmar, which serve no one’s interests, and it is the people of Myanmar who suffer in the end. We hope that all parties could bear in mind the fundamental interests of the people of Myanmar, exercise restraint, avoid the situation from escalating and getting out of control, and stay committed to easing tensions through dialogue and consultation,” Hua said.
China believes that the international community should, on the premise of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, which is the basic norm of international relations, create a sound environment for political reconciliation in Myanmar, said Hua.
– The Daily Mail-Global Times News exchange item