Phnom Penh (FN), Jan. 11 – The People’s Republic of China supported Cambodia as ASEAN chair to contribute to resolving the Myanmar crisis, according to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“China will fully support Cambodia, the rotating chair of ASEAN, in playing an active role and making important contribution to properly managing the differences among parties of Myanmar through political dialogue and restoring stability and achieving development at an early date,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin in his regular press conference on 10 January 2022.

“Myanmar is a member of the big ASEAN family. China supports ASEAN in properly handling the issues relating to Myanmar in the [ASEAN way], and successfully implementing the five-point consensus under the ASEAN framework. China appreciates Myanmar’s readiness to create favorable conditions for ASEAN’s special envoy to fulfill his duty, and works toward effective alignment between Myanmar’s five-point roadmap and ASEAN’s five-point consensus,” Wang added.

During Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen’s recent visit, Myanmar’s senior general Min Aung Hlaing informed Cambodian premier Hun Sen that the Myanmar government had declared a five-month ceasefire with all Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) until the end of February 2022 and decided to further extend it until end of 2022. He assured the facilitation of the visit of the special envoy to Myanmar and to meet with all parties concerned including EAOs taking into account of the prevailing situation in Myanmar.