Myanmar, China’s closest ally in Southeast Asia, has pointed fingers at Beijing for providing arms to terrorist and rebel groups. In addition, Myanmar has sought international cooperation to suppress terrorist groups. In a recent interview with Russia-run TV channel Zvezda, Myanmar senior general Min Aung Hling said that terrorist organizations operating in Myanmar have the support of ‘strong forces’ and we seek the help of other countries to eliminate them.
The reference to ‘strong forces’ is being seen as Myanmar’s neighboring China. Myanmar military spokesman Brigadier General Joo Min Tun later elaborated the remarks made by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar. The spokesman said the army chief was referring to the Arakan Army (AA) and the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which are active terrorist organizations in Rakhine State in western Myanmar.
On the use of China-made weapons used in the mine attack on the army in 2019, he said that the ‘foreign country’ is behind the Arakan army. It is unusual for the Myanmar leadership to point a finger at China.When the Myanmar army uncovered a large amount of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, from the banned National Liberation Army in November 2019, each costing between 70,000 and 90,000 US dollars, they made connections to these weapons. Told with China.
Army spokesman Major General Tun Ny said that most of the weapons seized were ‘Chinese weapons’. However, China has officially denied that it supplies arms to terrorist groups in Myanmar, but such denials have often been suspected in Myanmar.