Beigun’s remarks over Rohingya issue is inappropriate: China...

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Stephen Beigun’s remarks over Rohingya issue is inappropriate and not constructive: Beijing

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:05 PM, 25 October 2020   Updated: 10:46 AM, 26 October 2020

Stephen Edward Biegun addressing a joint press conference on  Oct 15; photo: collected

Stephen Edward Biegun addressing a joint press conference on Oct 15; photo: collected

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Edward Biegun recently paid a short visit to India and Bangladesh. Reaching in the United States, he held a video conference with Dhaka’s journalists on his trip to India and Bangladesh from Washington on October 20, 2020. During the press briefing, Biegun said, “China has unfortunately done very little to help resolve the Rohingya issue”. Beijing expressed its anger over his remarks.

Beijing said in a notification that Stephen Edward Biegun’s statement over the Rohinga issue is inappropriate and not constructive at all.

“We all hoped that Stephen Biegun’s visit would focus on Bangladesh-US relations. However, he made baseless allegations against China over China-India border conflict, tensions over the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea issue and Hong Kong’s national security law,” China said in a statement.

“Bangladesh has nothing to do with them Such behavior and it is not only a severe breach of diplomatic protocols but also a huge disrespect for Bangladesh, the host of his visit, a peace-loving nation who believes “friendship to all and malice to none” should be the way to do diplomacy,” Chinese embassy in Dhaka added.

The statement further narrated that Biegun’s remarks on October 20 are simply a continuation of such behavior, using the Rohingya issue, the gravest concern of Bangladesh, to criticize China and promulgate his own bias.

“Since China and the US have plenty of bilateral channels to solve our problems, Biegun should not have dragged any third party without prior consent. We both come here for friendship with Bangladesh, with which we should be too busy to hate each other,” the Chinese embassy in Dhaka concluded.