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Wang Yi Talks about "Three Supports" and "Three Avoids" Concerning the Situation in Myanmar

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently discussed the situation in Myanmar respectively with foreign ministers of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in Nanping City, Fujian Province. On April 2, 2021, Wang Yi stated to Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin that China upholds "three supports" for the current situation in Myanmar, and at the same time advocates that "three avoids" should be achieved.

Wang Yi said that China supports all parties in Myanmar in seeking a political settlement through dialogue within constitutional and legal framework, and continuing to advance the hard-won democratic transformation process that suits its national conditions. China supports the ASEAN in upholding the norms of non-interference in internal affairs and consultation and consensus, and in participating constructively to help ease the Myanmar situation in the ASEAN way as a mature regional organization. China supports the holding of a special meeting of the ASEAN leaders as soon as possible to discuss effective solutions to de-escalate the situation and solve problems within the ASEAN framework.

When talking about "three avoids", Wang Yi emphasized that first, we need to avoid further bloodshed and civilian casualties to prevent the situation from deteriorating or even getting out of control. Second, we need to avoid inappropriate intervention by the United Nations Security Council, which would undermine Myanmar's sovereignty and further complicate the matters. Third, it's necessary to avoid external forces from fueling the unrest in Myanmar and seeking private gains by messing up the country.

Wang Yi stressed that China will maintain communication and coordination with all parties, and join hands with the ASEAN to promote peace talks, in order to stabilize and defuse the situation in Myanmar.

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