China, which has positioned itself as the key mediator in resolving the Rohingya crisis, is finding the business of diplomacy tough going, with little signs that the crisis will soon be resolved.
China and Myanmar ink dozens of mammoth infrastructure and trade deals after a meeting between President Xi Jinping and fallen rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, as Beijing doubles down on its support for a government under fire for its treatment of Rohingya Muslims.
China's President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar this week to nail down multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals in a country abandoned by many in the West appalled at the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims on leader Aung San Suu Kyi's watch.
In a bid to force Myanmar to bear economic, cultural, diplomatic and political pressure globally, 30 human rights, academic and professional organizations of 10 countries jointly launch a campaign to boycott the south Asian country.
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said the ICC judges feared that Myanmar may have ‘state policy’ to attack its minority Rohingya population in Rakhine.
Human Rights Watch has demanded that Myanmar authorities should immediately release 30 Rohingya Muslims detained for attempting to travel from Rakhine State to the city of Yangon.
A senior official of Myanmar alleges at the United Nations that "destructive movements in the camps (in Bangladesh) aimed at preventing repatriation and exploiting the plight of dispersed person (Rohingyas)."
Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has sounded the clarion call for the international community to put the Rohingya crisis squarely on its radar with a view to resolving it quickly.
United Nations investigators urge world leaders to impose targeted financial sanctions on companies linked to the military in Myanmar, and said foreign firms doing business with them could be complicit in international crimes.