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International divisions emerged Tuesday ahead of a U.N. Security Council meeting on a worsening refugee crisis in Myanmar, with China voicing support for a military crackdown that has been criticized by the U.S., slammed as "ethnic cleansing" and forced 370,000 Rohingya to flee the violence. Beijing's intervention appears aimed at heading off any attempt to censure Myanmar at the Security Council Wednesday.China was one of the few foreign friends of Myanmar's former junta.The Rohingya minority are denied citizenship and have suffered years of persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.The U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has said the latest violence may have left more than 1,000 dead, most of them Rohingya.
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