China blocks UN response to Myanmar military coup

China blocked a UN Security Council statement tackling Myanmar’s military coup, after an emergency meeting was held by the international body on Tuesday. China, an old-time ally of Myanmar, used its veto power to prevent a UK-drafted statement from being ratified by the 15 members of the UN Security Council. The UN envoy on Myanmar urged the member states to sign the document which would “collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy”. “China and Russia have asked for more time,” one diplomat told AFP following the behind-closed-doors videoconference meeting in New York that lasted …

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