FM denies claims China backs Myanmar upheaval, expresses shock on doc leak at UN Security Council
Published: Feb 03, 2021 10:03 PM

Security guards are seen at the entrance of the City Hall in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 2, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Dongqiang)

China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Wednesday refuted claims that China may have supported or acquiesced in the political upheaval in Myanmar. 

"Such allegations are not factual," Wang said at the routine press briefing.

Wang also noted that the UN Security Council on Tuesday held internal consultations on the Myanmar situation, and China constructively participated in discussions.

Some Western media reports said that the UN Security Council on Tuesday failed to agree on a "joint statement condemning Myanmar's coup," as China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the council, voted it down. 

Wang said at the briefing that China is puzzled and shocked by the leak of an internal document under discussion at the Security Council. "It does not conform to the working rules of the Security Council and is not conducive to the unity and mutual trust among Council members," he said.

"China is a friendly neighbor of Myanmar, and hopes that all parties in Myanmar can focus on the will and interests of the people, properly handle differences through dialogue under the constitutional and legal framework, and safeguard political and social stability," Wang stressed at the routine press briefing on Wednesday.

He said the international community should create a sound external environment for Myanmar to properly resolve differences. "Any action taken by the Security Council should contribute to Myanmar's political and social stability, help Myanmar realize peace and reconciliation, and avoid intensifying contradictions and further complicating the situation," he said.

Claims that China supported the political upheaval in Myanmar are malicious slanders and a big misunderstanding on China-Myanmar relations, Tang Qifang, an associate research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times.

China and Myanmar promote "the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence," in which non-interference in each other's internal affairs is an iron principle, Tang explained. 

"Moreover, Myanmar won't allow others to interfere in its internal affairs given its long history of being colonized and struggle to seek independence previously" Tang noted. 

The US State Department issued a statement on Tuesday, stating that the Myanmar military's takeover of the government and the seizure of the country's political leader Aung San Suu Kyi constituted a "coup." After that, the foreign ministers from the G7 countries condemned the "coup" in a statement on Wednesday.

So far, as the situation in Myanmar is still not clear, it is inappropriate and irresponsible for any country to define the situation in the country, Tang noted. "It is correct for China to take a cautious attitude toward the situation in Myanmar," she said.

On Monday, Myanmar army detained Myanmar leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint, and later announced a one-year state of emergency and said power had been handed to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

A police document said that Myanmar police have filed charges against Suu Kyi for illegally importing communications equipment, and she will be detained until February 15 for investigations, reports on Wednesday said.