China says working to promote "return to normal" in Myanmar

FILE PHOTO: Ambassador of China to the United Nations Chen Xu attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - China said on Friday that the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar was an internal manner but said that it was working to foster a “return to normal” in its ally.

Chen Xu, China ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, told a special session of the Human Rights Council, which was called by Britain and the European Union: “What happened in Myanmar is essentially Myanmar’s internal affairs”.

“China is in contact and communication with relevant parties in Myanmar to promote the relaxation and return to normal of the situation,” Chen said without giving details.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge