China says Myanmar ready to take back Rohingyas

Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China June 29, 2018. Greg Baker/Pool via REUTERS

China believes that Myanmar is now ready to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims sheltering in Bangladesh who have fled violence in the former Burma, the Chinese government’s top diplomat told his Bangladeshi opposite number on Friday.

Since August 2017, about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled a military crackdown in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, many reporting killings, rape and arson on a large scale in the western state of Rakhine, U.N. and other aid organizations have said.