Myanmar, China leaders discuss cooperation in Beijing

Myanmar looks forward to deeper cooperation with China in infrastructure development and other sectors, President U Thein Sein has told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

U Thein Sein made the comment at a meeting with Mr Xi in Beijing on September 4, it said.

Mr Xi said China expected close coordination with Nay Pyi Taw on relevant projects to promote Myanmar’s economic and social development, Xinhua reported.

The Chinese leader also said Beijing wanted to discuss ways of expanding normal trade and personnel exchanges in border areas to serve the people of the two countries.

China appreciated Myanmar’s support for its “Belt and Road” regional trade and infrastructure, Mr Xi said at the meeting in the Great Hall of the People.

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China would continue to provide aid for the recovery of flood-devastated areas of Myanmar, he said.

Mr Xi said the importance attached by President U Thein Sein to bilateral relations was shown by his attendance at events commemorating the 70th anniversary of China’s victory over Japanese forces in World War II.

U Thein Sein also held talks with Premier Li Keqiang and a joint statement issued after the meeting said China sincerely hoped that Myanmar would maintain political stability, economic development, and ethnic and social harmony, Xinhua reported.

Myanmar thanked China for its continuous and constructive role in boosting its peace process, the statement said.

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