Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Myanmar counterpart U Wunna Maung Lwin on Friday, April 1, where both celebrated neighborly diplomacy and cooperation.

According to Xinhua News Agency, Wang said, “No matter how the situation changes, China will support Myanmar in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and in exploring a development path suited to its national conditions.”

Myanmar has been in political turmoil since the military coup early last year, with no clear end in sight. According to the Associated Press, its military leadership is also accused of genocide against the Rohingya minority at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

At the meeting on Friday, China shared a readiness to “deepen exchanges and cooperation in all areas” with Myanmar, to which Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin said that “Myanmar fully supports China’s positions on issues concerning its core interests.”

Both nations agreed on boosting infrastructure projects that are part of the Belt and Road Initiative deal. Cooperation in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic was also promised.

Despite Beijing’s welcoming support, Myanmar’s military faces backlashes for the violent repression of resistance to its authority, which allegedly has involved night-time kidnapping and detention of hundreds of children.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN summits, a 10-member regional bloc, have refused attendance from Myanmar’s military leader in opposition. The U.S., U.K., and Canada on March 26 sanctioned Myanmar’s senior military officials and business leaders, who allegedly acted as arms dealers for the country’s army.

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