China seeks faster Myanmar reforms

first_imgYANGON, Myanmar – China called on Myanmar to speed up democratic reforms, state media reported Saturday – an unusual move for Beijing, which has traditionally refrained from criticizing the military regime. The call came as a U.N. human rights investigator wrapped up a trip to the country that he said had helped him to determine that at least 15 people died during the junta’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests in September. China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi also expressed support for U.N. attempts to reconcile the regime and the suppressed democracy movement during a two-day meeting with the junta that ended Friday. The state-controlled New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported the meeting only after Wang had left the country. China, a communist country whose own record on democratic reforms and human rights has been criticized, is one of Myanmar’s largest trading partners and its main political ally. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Beijing does not usually publicly criticize Myanmar’s military government, a reflection of its position of strict noninterference in the internal affairs of the country. But in recent weeks, it has been credited with working behind the scenes to pressure Myanmar to embrace democratic reforms after the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations. China also provided important backing for visits to Myanmar by the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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