The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) issued a statement on Oct. 17 calling on China to help it restore peace and stability in Burma. It went on to congratulate the Chinese government for hosting its 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The NUCC – a council consisting of ousted lawmakers, ethnic armed groups, civil society organizations, labor unions, and other resistance forces – claimed that it seeks to strengthen relations between Burma and China.
“The NUCC attaches great importance to strengthening the traditional ‘Pauk-Phaw’ [a term denoting positive ties between Burma and China] friendship between our two countries…. Towards this goal, we are eager to work with China towards restoring peace and stability in Myanmar and the region more broadly as a bedrock for the building of the China-Myanmar community with a shared future,” the NUCC stated.China has previously drawn the ire of democracy activists as Chinese officials have met with and recognized the military junta. The Chinese government has yet to engage with the National Unity Government (NUG) but maintains friendly ties with several ethnic armed groups. A virtual summit for political parties in Asia hosted by the CPC was attended by the National League for Democracy (NLD) in September 2021. Aung San Suu Kyi’s ousted NLD government maintained friendly relations with Beijing prior to last year’s military coup when it was replaced by Min Aung Hlaing’s junta.