China has urged Burma to take effective measures to safeguard the rights of Chinese citizens in Burma.

The Chinese foreign ministry said on its Web site Saturday that consular affairs department chief Wei Wei conveyed Beijing's concerns at a meeting with an official from Burma's embassy.

The release said Wei met on September 21 with Kyi Kyi Sein, minister counselor of the Burma Embassy.

Wei urged Burma to investigate reports that military conflicts in northern Burma in August had harmed the rights and interests of Chinese citizens living there.

Tens of thousands of refugees fled across the border into China to escape fighting between the Burmese army and ethnic rebels in Kokang, a mainly ethnic Chinese region of Burma's Shan state.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.