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China supports Burma 'safeguarding peace and stability'

China supports Burma in "safeguarding peace and stability" and will not join other nations in condemning what many consider a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims.

Guo Yezhou, vice minister of the ruling Communist party's international department, told reporters that Beijing condemned "violent and terror acts", an apparent reference to attacks by Rohingya rebels on Burmese security forces.

Beijing has long-standing close ties to Burma's military leaders who ran the country for decades, and Mr Guo emphasised what he called friendly relations between China's communists and political parties in Burma on China's southern border.

He said those ties are based on the principle of non-interference and said China believes Burma's government and people are "capable of handling" the situation without outside help.

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