China says it forbids organisations, individuals from undermining China-Myanmar relations

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said at a press conference on Wednesday that China forbids any organisation or individual from conducting activities that undermine China-Myanmar relations or border stability on Chinese territory, according to a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

China is committed to non-interference in other countries' domestic affairs and consistently respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Myanmar, said Hong Lei.

China has been closely monitoring the situation in northern Myanmar. What happens there affects the stability of the China-Myanmar border area. China once again urges the concerned parties to exercise restraint, avoid escalation of tensions, cool down the situation as quickly as possible and prevent it from undermining the security of the border area, according to the statement.

China also hopes the Myanmar side will take all necessary steps to safeguard the security of Chinese institutions and personnel in Myanmar.

With regard to the Myanmar nationals who crossed the border into China due to their own security concerns, China has given and will continue to give them necessary assistance and proper settlement following the humanitarian spirit, the statement said.

Chinese officials have their Myanmar counterparts to tighten security at the border area. Given the current situation in the China-Myanmar border area, relevant departments and local authorities of China have stepped up control of the border area but have not closed the border, the statement said.

The statement of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs comes after Myanmar’s military held a press conference on February 21, at which Lt-Gen Mya Tun Oo said all eight captured Chinese citizens had confessed that former Chinese mercenaries had been involved in the Laukkaing clashes.

The clashes reportedly continue in the Kokang region.