China has drawn widespread criticism on its stance to keep mum over the Myanmar military’s suppression of its own people, in order to protect its interest. China’s move to remain silent over the detention of the United Kingdom’s former ambassador to the country Vicky Bowman has drawn strong criticism from experts.
Bowman, who is head of the business ethics advisory group in the Southeast Asian country, was taken into custody along with her husband, Myanmar national Htein Lin, The reason behind her arrest was a violation of immigration laws by failing to register her change of address. Unlike others, China has not condemned the action by the Military Junta which facilitates China’s access to the important Bay of Bengal.
According to Bill Hayton, Southeast Asia expert from Chatham House, Beijing will tolerate whatever the regime does. Bill Hayton said the arrest of Bowman “shows that the junta doesn’t care what we think of its actions. It’s stuck in its bunker listening to itself while Myanmar heads in the direction of North Korea.
” Experts have condemned Beijing’s silence on the arrest of the former envoy stating that China will not utter a word against any wrongdoing by the military junta in order to protect its interest. While, China, on Military junta rule in Myanmar, has reiterated its position that Beijing does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. However, it has failed to pressurise the military junta to restore democracy in the country.