Myanmar reassures China of Rohingya repatriation

Chinese FM tells Momen

Diplomatic Correspondent

24 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Myanmar has reassured China of taking back the forcibly displaced Rohingya population sheltered in Bangladesh.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi conveyed this message to Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen during a telephonic conversation on Thursday evening.

Wang made the call when the US, UK, EU and UNHCR brought the international community, excepting China and Myanmar, together and pledged to support the nearly one million Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh amid brutal military crackdown in Rakhine state in August 2017.

The Chinese Foreign Minister said China has been maintaining regular communication at different levels with Myanmar on matters related Rohingya affairs.

Myanmar assured China of working towards repatriation of Rohingyas once the COVID-19 situation improves, Wang said.         

He also told Momen that Myanmar wants to start talks with Bangladesh afresh the Rohingya repatriation immediately after the general election in Myanmar, scheduled for November 8.

After the election in Myanmar, Wang assured that initiative will be taken first to hold a meeting at the Ambassador-level and then a trilateral meeting at the Foreign Minister-level among China, Bangladesh and Myanmar will be held.

Prior to the Foreign Minister-level meeting, senior officials of Bangladesh, Myanmar and China will be meeting in Dhaka.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi assured his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen of providing Chinese vaccine for COVID-19 to Bangladesh on priority basis and shown his interest to work with Bangladesh in the post-COVID-19 for faster economic recovery.


The Chinese Foreign Minister highly praised the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.


In this context, Wang assured of continuation of Chinese assistances towards facing the challenges of the pandemic and also informed that the Chinese-funded projects that slowed down due to the coronavirus pandemic will be sped up soon after the improvement of COVID situation.


On recent killing of a Chinese national at Pirojpur, Wang said Chinese government is confident that the government of Bangladesh will ensure speedy trial of the murder as well as take appropriate measures to ensure safety of all Chinese nationals working in Bangladesh.


In response, Foreign Minister Momen said the trial of Chinese citizen killing will be completed speedily and informed that the law enforcing authorities have already arrested two accused. Momen also highlighted steps taken by the government of Bangladesh to ensure safety and security of Chinese citizens in Bangladesh.


The Bangladesh Foreign Minister requested the Chinese Foreign Minister to take steps so that Bangladeshi students and researchers can renew their expired Chinese visas smoothly.


Wang Yi said the Chinese government is yet to take any decision regarding the entry of foreign students into China. He, however, assured Momen that Bangladeshis will get priority once entry permission is given to foreign students.


Foreign Minister Momen thanked the Chinese government for translating the book “Amar Dekha Naya Chin (China)” into Chinese language which was written by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.


According to the Chinese Embassy Facebook post, Wang said in the call that this year marks the 45th anniversary of China-Bangladesh diplomatic relations.


“Leaders of our two countries have stayed in touch with each other and agreed to advance the Belt & Road Initiative, strengthen cooperation and pursue common development. China-Bangladesh friendship has reached new heights in the common fight against COVID-19. China is willing to provide necessary support to Bangladesh in terms of vaccine when it is available in China,” reads the post.


Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said that during the past 45 years, Bangladesh-China friendship has grown steadily. Bangladesh would like to stand side by side with China, support the One China Principle and facilitate major projects of cooperation between the two countries.  


Both Foreign Ministers agreed to make full use of the China-Bangladesh-Myanmar Tripartite Working Group Mechanism on the Rohingya issue to facilitate early repatriation.