Feb 03, 2021

China blocks UN condemnation of Myanmar coup

China has blocked a UN Security Council statement condemning the military coup in Myanmar, 'BBC' reports.

The military took power in the south-east Asian nation on Monday after arresting political leader Aung San Suu Kyi and hundreds of other lawmakers.

The coup leaders have since formed a Supreme Council which will sit above the cabinet.

In Myanmar's biggest city Yangon though, signs of resistance and civil disobedience have been growing.

The United Nations Security Council met on Tuesday but failed to agree on a joint statement after China did not support it.

A joint statement would have needed China's support which holds veto power as a permanent member of the (UN) Security Council.

Ahead of the talks, the UN's Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner had strongly condemned the military takeover which came after the army refused to accept the outcome of general elections held in November.

She said it was clear that "the recent outcome of the election was a landslide victory" for Ms Suu Kyi's party.

Cabinet reshuffleMeanwhile, Chinese state media agency - Xinhua has reported that 'Myanmar military announced a major cabinet reshuffle hours after a state of emergency was declared on Monday.'

'Under the cabinet reshuffle, new union ministers were appointed for 11 ministries while 24 deputy ministers were removed from their posts,' Xinhua reports quoting a military statement.

Beijing called for all parties in Myanmar to "resolve their differences", and the official Xinhua news agency on Monday (Feb 1) described the military replacing elected ministers after the coup as a "major Cabinet reshuffle".

'Hope Myanmar will properly handle differences'

Meanwhile, addressing a media conference in Beijing yesterday (02), Foreign ministry spokesman - Wang Wenbin had said, "We have noted what happened in Myanmar. China is a friendly neighbor of Myanmar. We hope that all parties in Myanmar will properly handle their differences under the constitutional and legal framework and maintain political and social stability."

"We are in communication with relevant parties of the Security Council on this issue. Whatever actions taken by the international community shall contribute to Myanmar's political and social stability, promote its peace and reconciliation, and avoid escalating the conflict and complicating the situation," he added.