lørdag 3. april 2021

China, Russia Back Calls for ASEAN Special Summit on Crisis in Post-Coup Myanmar

China and Russia have backed calls for an ASEAN leaders’ meeting to discuss the turmoil in post-coup Myanmar, where military and security forces unleashed their guns and killed more than 500 pro-democracy protesters during the past two months.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with its share of former military leaders and one-party states, has been roundly criticized for not reaching a consensus on how to deal with member-state Myanmar’s junta after the military overthrew an elected government on Feb. 1. “China firmly supports the ASEAN in promoting peace talks with the ASEAN way, and supports holding a special meeting of ASEAN leaders to mediate Myanmar's situation at an early date,” Wang said after meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Thursday, a statement on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website said.

In meetings held over the past three days in China, Beijing’s top diplomat held separate talks with Malaysia’s foreign minister and the chief envoys of three other ASEAN states: Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines.