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China Suggests 1 + 1 + 2 Formula for Rohingya Repatriation

Published Nov 25, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Bangladesh has been urging larger countries to play and active role in resolving the Rohingya repatriation issue with Myanmar given that even though the two countries signed an agreement in November 2017 there has been no return commenced despite talks for the past two years.

China has been playing an active role having effective influence in Bangladesh as well as in Myanmar.

A number of trilateral meetings are being held by the three countries to resolve the issue. China is utilising its traditional friendship with Bangladesh and Myanmar to do whatever it can to help alleviate the Rohingya crisis and push forward their early repatriation.

As per news website BD News 24, Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Li Jiming has suggested a novel approach involving the use of mobile phones to facilitate repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingya people to their homeland of Myanmar. The ‘1+1+2’ formula was presented at a seminar on the Rohingya Crisis at the National Press Club.

Li Jiming said: “I’ve come with a ‘1+1+2’ idea to redress the Rohingya’s so-called lack of trust in the Myanmar government.”

“On one side, a Rohingya family will choose a representative among themselves who will return to Myanmar. China will hand two phones — one to the representative and the other to the family in Cox’s Bazar.”

“They will see the situation in Myanmar for themselves and immediately inform their families whether the conditions in the Rakhine State are safe or not. They can then decide whether to go back or not.”

Li Jiming, also stated that China did not exercise undue influence on the Myanmar government

“Many countries around the world are saying that Myanmar does whatever China tells them. It creates the impression that China is taking Myanmar’s side for economic reasons. But this is completely untrue,” he said,”Myanmar and Bangladesh are neighbouring countries. China doesn’t have the right to tell them how to conduct their affairs.” 

Now the new formula that has been suggested by the Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh needs serious consideration as it is a pragmatic way to approach the intractable situation obtaining on the Rohingya repatriation issue which has remained pending for far too long and the humanitarian aspect of the same needs emphasis now.