China, India can lead efforts to solve Rohingya crisis: China daily

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 16, 2017, 09.16 AM(IST)

Rohingya refugees walk to a relief centre in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, October 13. Photograph:( Reuters )

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The daily said India could not "divorce itself from peace and stability in a nation that forms a bridge between South Asia and Southeast Asia."||The editorial said "such actions" by China and India to help resolve the Rohingya crisis "may even elicit support from more ASEAN nations."

Ahead of the China's Communist party's meeting on Wednesday to nominate President Xi for the next five years, the country's state-run daily waded into the Rohingya crisis emphasizing India and China are well "aware of the complexity of the Rakhine ethnic and religious conflict" and in a position "to solve the ongoing Rohingya crisis" in Myanmar.  

 "As Myanmar's neighbours, the last thing China and India want is terrorist violence on their doorstep," the editorial said.

The op-ed piece pointed to PM Modi's visit to Myanmar last month during which India and Myanmar signed a number of trade and defense deals as proof of Myanmar's growing relevance to India.

"China's investment in Myanmar reached $18.53 billion in January 2017 and the country plays a unique role in Beijing's Belt and Road initiative. It is impossible for Beijing to remain indifferent," the Global Times editorial said.

The daily said India could not "divorce itself from peace and stability in a nation that forms a bridge between South Asia and Southeast Asia."

"Although India has not yet joined the Belt and Road, it prizes its Act East policy that seeks to reinvigorate cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian nations," the op-ed piece said

"Needless to say Myanmar, the gateway for New Delhi's northeastern states to Southeast Asia, is crucial to India," the editorial added. 

"Given the interests Beijing and New Delhi share with the region, the two could cooperate in offering humanitarian aid to Rakhine state, assisting Bangladesh in the resettlement of refugees, enhancing economic cooperation with Myanmar and promoting greater integration of trade and investment."

The editorial said "such actions" by China and India to help resolve the Rohingya crisis "may even elicit support from more ASEAN nations."

"Myanmar is not a new battleground. In fact, it is a "new opportunity", the op-ed said in the end.