China slams U.N. Security Council ‘leak’ on Myanmar

Elias Hubbard
February 4, 2021

Myanmar's Army Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing speaks during a conference in Naypyitaw.

United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener has placed great emphasis on the unity of UN Security Council to support democracy in the South Eastern country power of which was snatched by the military on Monday.

The behind-closed-doors discussions, held by videoconference, started at 10:00 am in NY (1500 GMT) and was expected to last two hours.

"I strongly condemn the recent steps taken by the military and urge all of you to collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy in Myanmar", she added.

Myanmar soldiers during a parade.

The Chinese spokesman, who stressed the importance of "political and social stability", also said "all parties in Myanmar will properly handle their differences".

Speaking of the closed-door meeting, Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said that China hopes all actions taken by the UN Security Council would facilitate the political and social stability of Myanmar and the peaceful settlement of the problem.

"Whatever actions taken by the global community shall contribute to Myanmar's political and social stability, promote its peace and reconciliation, and avoid escalating the conflict and complicating the situation", Wang said in Beijing.

Myanmar police have filed charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi of illegally importing communications equipment, and she will be detained until February 15 for investigations, according to a police document. For these measures to be put into action, would require the support of China, Myanmar's main supporter at the United Nations and a veto power as a permanent member of the Security Council.

During Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Myanmar past year, the two countries signed 33 deals, especially on the implementation of the Dollars nine billion China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), which will allow Beijing direct access to the strategic Indian Ocean.

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