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Ambassador Zhang Jun Elaborated on China's Position on the situation in Myanmar

2021/03/05

Ambassador Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China, elaborated on China’s position on the situation in Myanmar in recent Security Council consultations and during his exchange of views with relevant parties.

Zhang Jun said, as a friendly neighbor of Myanmar, China has been following closely with great concern the developments in the country. We don't want to see instability, even chaos in Myanmar. The military and various political parties are all members of the Myanmar family, and should all take up the historical responsibility of maintaining the country's stability and development. Relevant parties should act in the fundamental and long-term interests of Myanmar, and properly resolve differences through dialogue and consultation under the constitutional and legal framework, so as to maintain political and social stability. They should resolve problems peacefully, and continue to promote democratic transition in an orderly manner. Under the current circumstances, all parties should exercise utmost calm and restraint, refrain from intensifying tensions or using violence, and prevent any incident of bloodshed.

Zhang Jun pointed out, the international community should help relevant parties in Myanmar conduct dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the wishes and interests of the people of Myanmar on the premise of respecting Myanmar's sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and national unity. The messages and measures of the international community should be conducive for the parties in Myanmar to bridge differences and resolve problems, and avoid escalating tensions or further complicating the situation.

Zhang Jun said, China welcomes ASEAN countries’ effort to convene the informal foreign ministers’ meeting on 2 March, and supports ASEAN, in continuing to work in the ASEAN way, to play a bigger role to ease the situation. We support Special Envoy Ms. Burgener to play a constructive role and continue her mediation efforts, and hope that she will keep the communication channels with all parties in Myanmar open, make extensive engagements. China will continue to be in contact with all parties in Myanmar to make its efforts for the de-escalation of the situation in Myanmar.

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