China-Myanmar ties at new starting point, says Wang Yi

(From China Daily)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Tuesday that the two nations should “reinforce high-level exchanges as soon as possible” and “properly tackle issues facing their cooperation”.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) greets Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s new foreign minister and leader of the National League for Democracy party, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Tuesday

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) greets Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday

While meeting with his Myanmar counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi, Wang said his visit to Myanmar days after the new government took office highlighted the friendship between the two neighbors.

“China-Myanmar relations are now at a new historical starting point,” he said.

Wang, who arrived in Myanmar on Tuesday for a two-day visit, is the first top foreign diplomat to call upon Suu Kyi since the new government took office on March 30.

Suu Kyi led a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy, which before the election victory was an influential opposition party.

At a news conference after the meeting with Wang, she described relations as “very important politically as well as socially and economically”, Agence France-Presse reported.

Wang said China was eager to “build more confidence” between the nations and vowed that Beijing would support Myanmar’s process of national reconciliation. Read More



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