On Nov 20 Bloomberg reported: “China offers solution for Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.
“China Foreign Minister Wang Yi outlined a three-point solution that would allow Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the situation…… Wang told reporters that China was ‘willing to play a constructive role’ in resolving the situation.”
On Nov 23 Associated Press reported: “US declares ‘ethnic cleansing’ against Myanmar”. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blamed Myanmar’s security forces and ‘local vigilantes’ for what he called ‘intolerable suffering’ by the Rohingya…. Tillerson said those who perpetrated the atrocities ‘must be held accountable.’
He added that the U.S. wanted a full investigation and was considering ‘targeted sanctions’ against those responsible — but not broader sanctions against the nation.”
Today Nov 24, France 24 reported: “Myanmar and Bangladesh sign deal to return Rohingya refugees”.
Why did Washington criticize Myanmar when Beijing succeeded in making a deal for all the parties concerned?
The first thing we need to know is that China did it not out of the so-called Western ‘human right’ concern. China did it basically because Beijing is in need of building up a friendly relationship with Myanmar for paving the economic corridor from southwest inland China to the Bay of Bengal for oil shipment and etc. But it so happens that its byproduct is to give a hand to the Muslim refugees in deep trouble.
As early as Sep 20, one fair American analyst had highlighted a phenomenon that the “Muslim world is outraged at their (Rohingya) treatment, with countries from Turkey to Nigeria to Indonesia up in arms …… Turkey moved quickly to supply humanitarian assistance to Rakhine province. As the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has helped to mobilize global Islamic public opinion…”
The leading liberal New York Times reacted to this crisis by suggesting to “strip Aung San Suu Kyi of her Nobel Prize” on Sep 7. What a great lip service!
Therefore, after Washington realized that China had achieved something, it must do something, better than nothing, to befriend its Islamic allies in the Middle East and Asia. Then we had Tillerson’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ denouncement of Myanmar yesterday.
As what I said many times in the past, China’s doctrine for its rise is ‘pragmatism’[note], not ideals, but it could work better to bring peace and prosperity to the Third World.
China Daily Mail, “India and China’s Pragmatism to challenge US Superpower Status”, Sep 26, 2014.
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