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China Says Burma Can Solve Own Problems

China says the situation in military-ruled Burma does not pose a threat to regional security, and that people there should be allowed to resolve their own problems.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman in Beijing, Qin Gang, said Tuesday that as a neighbor to Burma, China hopes the southeast Asian country will have stability, economic development and peace. He did not comment on the ongoing house arrest of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi or Burma's reported detention of more than 1,000 political prisoners.

The remarks follow a visit to Beijing by the United Nations Special Adviser on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari. Gambari met with senior Chinese government officials during his stopover, which is part of wider regional discussions on Burma.

Gambari also will travel to India and Japan for further talks.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won Burma's 1990 election, but was never allowed to take office. She has spent most of the past 18 years under detention of some form.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.