Reuters: China ‘notes’ Myanmar coup, hopes for stability
Mon February, 2021, Age: 3 years
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded to the military coup that took place in Myanmar Monday morning, saying that, “(China has) noted what has happened in Myanmar and (is) in the process of further understanding the situation. China is a friendly neighbor of Myanmar’s. We hope that all sides in Myanmar can appropriately handle their differences under the constitution and legal framework and safeguard political and social stability.” There is some question as to whether China had advanced knowledge of the military coup. China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, traveled to Myanmar last month and met with military chief Min Aung Hlaing, who has now assumed power. China has economic interests in Myanmar and has historically had close ties to Myanmar’s military junta. The Nobel laureate and head of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, was detained along with other political leaders in early morning raids.