India and China should put aside their “antagonistic feelings” over gaining an upper hand in Myanmar and back Naypyidaw’s efforts to bring peace in the country, a state-run Chinese daily said today.
As the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference between Myanmar government and rebel groups kicked off in Naypyidaw, an article in the official Global Times said both India and China expressed willingness to play a role in Myanmar’s peace process.
“Hopefully, the two countries can put aside any antagonistic feelings and work together to support this process,” it said. “It is quite likely that Myanmar’s peace process will require a lot of financial support including helping Myanmar’s discharged military return to economic production and constructing public facilities to improve living standards in regions where ethic armies wields a great influence in a bid to obtain local support,” it said.
Auxiliary efforts including providing farm tools, fertilizer, seeds and farm machinery may be needed to promote this process, but it may not be easy for Myanmar’s government to complete such tasks alone, it said.
“Promoting Myanmar’s peace process is in accord with the basic interests of, not only the Southeast Asian nation, but the whole region. After promising its support, India may need to think about how it can work with other countries, China and ASEAN members included, to provide economic assistance to Myanmar,” it added.