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Chinese FM to visit Bangladesh, Myanmar soon

| Updated: November 18, 2017 13:53:31

Chinese FM to visit Bangladesh, Myanmar soon

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Bangladesh and Myanmar soon amid a crisis over Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims.

Wang would meet his counterparts and exchange views on bilateral ties and issues of mutual regional concern, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

The Chinese Foreign Minister would attend a meeting of Asian and European foreign ministers in the Myanmar capital of Naypyitaw on Monday and Tuesday, Geng added.

According to Reuters, the spokesman did not say whether Wang would discuss the Rohingya issue.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmar's Rakhine State.

A top UN official has described the military's actions as a textbook case of "ethnic cleansing". Myanmar rejects accusations of rights abuses.

China and Myanmar have for years maintained close economic and diplomatic relations.

China has expressed support for what it calls the Myanmar government's efforts to protect stability.

The United States and other Western countries have become more engaged with Myanmar in recent years, since it began a transition to civilian government after nearly 50 years of military rule.

International concern over the Rohingya situation has grown.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called during a visit to Myanmar on Wednesday for a credible investigation into reports of human rights abuses against the Rohingya committed by Myanmar's security forces.

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