China praises Bangladesh and Myanmar's efforts to handle refugee issue

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-10 21:36:28|Editor: Mengjie
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BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- China has spoken highly of the positive attitude and efforts taken by governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar to properly handle the refugee issue, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks at a daily press briefing in response to a question regarding Myanmar's proposal to take back refugees in Bangladesh and the south Asian country's efforts to build more refugee camps.

According to reports, Bangladesh's foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said Monday that Myanmar has "made proposals for taking back Rohingya refugees".

Ali made the remarks after meeting with a Myanmar delegation led by U Kyaw Tint Swe, minister of the state counselor's office.

As a friendly neighbor to both Myanmar and Bangladesh, China hopes that both countries can maintain momentum in talks and consultation and handle their differences appropriately, Hua said, adding that China is willing to play a constructive role in the process.

Reports say that as the number of refugees increased, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Bangladesh's minister for disaster management and relief, said more land has been set aside for new camps.

China hails the efforts made by the Bangladesh government, Hua said, stressing that China has provided and will continue to provide assistance to Bangladesh to accommodate those displaced.