Months after a crackdown by the Myanmarese army on the Rohingyas, both Beijing and Dhaka are disturbed by the growing threat from the refugees fleeing Myanmar.
An article in the state-run daily of China has advocated that the two countries could bring peace in the violence torn Rakhinye state of Myanmar by jointly offering humanitarian aid to the state.
According to Global Times article:
Given the interests Beijing and New Delhi share with Myanmar, the two could cooperate in offering humanitarian aid to Rakhine state, assist Bangladesh in resettlement of refugees, enhance economic cooperation with Myanmar……. China and India can also promote greater integration of trade and investment in the area, including the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor.
What the article in Global Times brings out is that Beijing is much concerned with the security threat from the Rohingyas, which is why it is urging India to help solve the issue in Myanmar. Highlighting the “terrorist violence” spreading to the neighboring countries of Myanmar, the article cautions:
As Myanmar’s neighbors, the last thing China and India want is terrorist violence on their doorstep. In the meantime, both countries are well aware of the complexity of the Rakhine ethnic and religious conflict, knowing it will take time for the government to solve such a complex question.
Not just China but Bangladesh, a country which has been accommodating the Rohingya’s, is also seemingly afraid of the security threat that the refugees bring with them. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in New Delhi, the Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali, said the Rohingya issue is a great security threat to both India and Bangladesh and if they have to deal with it properly, joint initiatives must be taken:
Let us be very clear that the Rohingya issue is a major security concern in the region. It is a fire in our neighborhood and before it engulfs all of us, we must put it out.
To make his stance clearer, the Bangladesh High Commissioner added that the Rohingyas, who have been uprooted from their own ground, may be vulnerable to all kinds of radicalization, with the women and children being victims of human trafficking. Hence it is for the benefit of both the neighbors that India and Bangladesh come together and address their deplorable situation –
India has borders with both Myanmar and Bangladesh and India, and as the prime mover of the Bimstec process, it should take more initiative so that these people are returned to their homes where they could live in safety and dignity.
It is to be noted that India as well as the ruling party in China, National League for Democracy, had earlier denied of any kind of support or asylum to the people of the Rohingya community, who have literally waged a war against the Burmese army.