China gives $700 cr to Rohingyas

Beijing, Sep 27: China will block all efforts to internationalize the Rohingya refugee crisis because it has ambitious investment and infrastructure construction plans worth $7.3 billion in Myanmar's Rakhine state, three different experts said on Tuesday. Rakhine has witnessed large scale violence and alleged ethnic cleansing resulting in mass migration of Rohingya Muslims to neighbouring Bangladesh, especially since August this year. According to a report in “Times of India”, Associate research fellow Irene Chan with the China Programme in Singapore's S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) said, " China is investing+ in a $7.3 billion deep sea project in the Rakhine. It also has plans for an industrial park and a special economic zone in the region. I think this investment issue takes a higher precedence for the Chinese against the humanitarian issue." Reuters reported that Chinese official documents suggest that a consortium led by China's CITIC corporation has sought between 70% and 85% share in the deep sea port, which will advance China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) programme and connect the country to the Bay of Bengal. This is cited as the main reason why China is supporting Myanmar authorities+ , who have done little to stop the violence against Rohingya Muslims, it was suggested. Murray Hiebert, deputy director of the South East Asia programme at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told TOI, "It (China) clearly is supporting the government of Myanmar+ in addressing the issue of how it responded to the attack by the so-called Rohingya Preservation Army. China is telling Myanmar, telling the UN that it understands and supports Myanmar's attempts to preserve its sovereignty."