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In Rohingya crisis, Myanmar again finds a best friend in China

Anti-Western sentiment spreads among citizens

Yangon hosted the World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention, a biennial gathering, last month.

YANGON -- Condemned worldwide for the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Myanmar and its public are warming to China, an old ally.

"We don't care about the U.S., because China is building a closer relationship with Myanmar," said the operator of a zinc mine in northern Shan state, when asked how Western denunciations of attacks on the Rohingya might affect his business. The chorus of criticism is growing, but this businessman showed no worries about his country being isolated.

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