China says hopes for stability in Myanmar

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BEIJING, Sep 25 (Reuters) China today said it hoped for stability in Myanmar, where monks were leading the biggest anti-junta protests in 20 years, and would not interfere in its neighbour's domestic affairs.

Tens of thousands of people have joined Buddhist monks on anti-government marches in Myanmar's main city, Yangon, and the junta has threatened military force, raising fears of a bloody crackdown.

''China always adopts a policy of non-interference. As Myanmar's neighbour, China hopes to see stability and economic development in Myanmar,'' Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a news briefing.

''The stability of Myanmar serves the interest of Myanmar itself and the interests of the international community.'' China, a key trading partner of Myanmar and one of the regime's few friends, is seen as wielding significant influence over how its government handles the protests.

REUTERS ARB AS1331

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