Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that China is willing to help Bangladesh and Myanmar to properly solve the Rohingya issue.
Speaking to the press during his visit to Bangladesh, Wang said the turbulence in Myanmar has become a burden to Bangladesh even as Bangladesh manages to provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya people who have crossed the border into Bangladesh.
While speaking highly of the moves taken by Bangladesh, Wang said China is willing to continue to provide emergency humanitarian aid to those in need in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh and Myanmar are both neighbors and good friends of China. China is willing to help both sides to properly solve the issue and hopes the two countries will negotiate a solution, said Wang.
Wang added that he hopes Myanmar will consult with Bangladesh on how to solve the Rohingya issue as soon as possible.
China is pleased that Bangladesh and Myanmar have met to discuss the issue several times, and is confident that an agreement on repatriating the Rohingya people now in Bangladesh will be reached, he said.
China holds the view that the Rohingya issue can only be solved properly through consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar, and only in this way will a suitable agreement be accepted by all parties, Wang said.
The Chinese foreign minister noted that the international community including the UN should help create an atmosphere for consultations between the two countries.
The Rohingya issue is a complicated one touching on multiple issues including history, ethnicity and religion, and requires a comprehensive solution, said Wang.
Stressing that poverty is the root cause of the turbulence and conflict, the Chinese foreign minister called on the international community to pay more attention to and support poverty reduction and development in Myanmar's Rakhine state.