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CHINA has urged Myanmar to take effective measures to safeguard the lawful rights of Chinese citizens in the country, according to a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The statement, posted on the ministry's Website on Friday night, said an official with the ministry, Wei Wei, recently made representation to Myanmar after military conflicts in northern parts of the country in August harmed the rights and interests of Chinese citizens living there.

Wei, head of the ministry's department of consular affairs, met this week with Kyi Kyi Sein, minister counsellor of the Myanmar Embassy in China, reiterating China's stance.

Wei urged Myanmar to thoroughly investigate the case as soon as possible, severely punish law breakers, and tell China of the results. China also called on Myanmar to take concrete steps to avoid recurrence of similar incidents, said the statement.

The Foreign Ministry and China's embassy and consulate in Myanmar would monitor the outcomes and safeguard the safety and rights of Chinese there, it said.


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