China offers aid to Bangladesh over Rohingya refugee crisis

The Mainichi Japan, June 30, 2018

will offer humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh to help shelter and feed
hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar, the
foreign minister said Friday. 
Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign
Minister Wang Yi before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing,
on June 29, 2018. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)
(AP) — Wang Yi also told reporters that China hoped repatriation of refugees
could begin “as early as possible,” following a meeting with his
Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Beijing.
will contribute our efforts (to help with offering more humanitarian aids) in
line with Bangladesh’s needs,” Wang said.
Ali said
the two had had “detailed discussions” about the status of the
refugees and that he sought China’s support for the “early reparation of
these displaced people back to their homeland” in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
700,000 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh since last August to
escape what United Nations and U.S. officials have called an “ethnic
cleansing” campaign by Myanmar’s government. Ali gave the number of
refugees at 1.1 million.
The U.N.
refugee agency has signed a preliminary agreement for the return of the
refugees with Bangladesh and Myanmar provided the conditions for a safe and
orderly repatriation are fulfilled — something aid workers say still has not
happened on the ground in Myanmar.
maintains close ties to Myanmar’s powerful military and has refused to join
international condemnation of the campaign of organized violence. The Foreign
Ministry has previously described the issue as an internal affair containing
“complicated historical, national and religious factors.”
has denied Rohingya citizenship and other rights and considers them immigrants
from Bangladesh, even though many have lived in Myanmar for generations.