China cautions against sanctions on Myanmar

China's foreign minister has shown a willingness to work with ASEAN nations over the situation in Myanmar. But he also cautioned against imposing unilateral sanctions on the country.

Wang Yi met with foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the inland Chinese city of Chongqing on Monday.

Wunna Maung Lwin, the foreign minister appointed by Myanmar's military following the coup, also took part.

Indonesia's foreign ministry said they discussed a five-point consensus agreed on at the ASEAN summit in April.

The agreement calls for an immediate halt to violence in Myanmar and an envoy to be sent to mediate talks between the military and the pro-democracy camp, among other steps.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi later told reporters that it is ASEAN's duty to implement the agreement immediately.

Chinese foreign ministry said Wang expressed his support for efforts to implement the five-point agreement within the ASEAN's framework.

Wang also told the meeting that China, together with ASEAN nations, calls on other countries to avoid unilateral sanctions and improper intervention on Myanmar.

The remarks appear to be a warning to Western nations against keeping in place their sanctions on Myanmar.