Rohingya refugees get off a boat after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip. Photograph: (Reuters)
China today waded into the Rohingya crisis declaring that the "international community should support Myanmar's efforts in safeguarding the stability of its national development" even as Bangladesh requested for international support to move Rohingyas to a nearby island.
Ahead of the UN Security Council meeting on the Rohingya crisis, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: "We think the international community should support the efforts of Myanmar in safeguarding the stability of its national development."
On Monday, UN human rights chief Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein had slammed the Myanmar government, declaring the situation in Myanmar as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
UN spokesman had said on Monday that an estimated 313,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, just last week UN High Commissioner for Refugees had said about 270,000 Rohingyas had fled violence in Myanmar and sought refuge in Bangladesh. The surge in refugees has led Bangladesh authorities to look for land to rehabilitate the Rohingyas.
The Bangladesh government is trying to find new room for the Rohingyas, including establishing a new 2,000 acre camp near Cox's Bazar, close to the Myanmar border, which will house around 250,000 Rohingya.
However, as even more Rohingyas pour into Bangladesh, international agencies fear authorities on the ground would be forced to send the Rohingyas back to Myanmar.