International Desk: China on Tuesday said it backed the Myanmar administration'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," said China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tuesday.
The current round of troubles in Myanmar began when Rohingya militants under the group ARSA attacked Myanmar security forces in August.
"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 said at a regular news briefing. Rakhine is where most of the Rohingya live.
Chinese state media too on Monday indicated China's stance by obliquely supporting the Aung San Suu Kyi administration in Myanmar, which is facing near-worldwide condemnation for the response to the August attacks by ARSA.
"The outside world should help Myanmar resolve the sharp confrontation in Rakhine and realize national reconciliation to the utmost," said the hardline Chinese publication Global Times in an editorial.
The editorial did give a nod to the Rohingya's human rights.
"The bottom line is that ethnic conflict in Rakhine should stop, the Muslims there should have their rights protected and the rule of law in Myanmar should be supported," added the editorial.
In the latest bout of violence since August, as many as 400 people are said to have been killed and some 300,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.
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