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Xi Jinping Meets with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar
2019-04-24

On April 24, 2019, President Xi Jinping met with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi Jinping pointed out that with a profound "Paukphaw" friendship, China and Myanmar are nurtured by the same river and are a community with a shared future. Under the new circumstances, the Chinese side is willing to carry forward the traditional friendship of the two sides with the Myanmar side, increase mutually beneficial cooperation and push forward bilateral relations constantly. In light of the celebrations next year that will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the China-Myanmar diplomatic relations, the two sides should actively conduct interactions at all levels and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and focus their practical cooperation more on areas related to people's livelihood, so as to continuously consolidate public support for bilateral friendship. The Chinese side supports the Myanmar side in developing its economy and improving people's livelihood, and appreciates the efforts of the Myanmar government to advance domestic peace and reconciliation. The Chinese side is willing to work with the Myanmar side to safeguard the security and stability in China-Myanmar border areas and ensure the safety and normal order of border residents.

Xi Jinping stressed that the Chinese side highly appreciates the establishment of a steering committee by the Myanmar government for implementation of tasks related to the Belt and Road Initiative, which is chaired by Mme. State Counselor. The Chinese side is willing to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with the Myanmar side under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and accelerate the development of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, so as to bring more concrete benefits to the two peoples.

Noting that China is a close and friendly neighbor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi expressed gratitude to China's efforts to support the peace, stability and development of Myanmar. Myanmar has supported the Belt and Road Initiative since the very beginning and has been active in expanding cooperation with the Chinese side. It is believed that the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative will lead to greater well-being in the world and the region, enhance Myanmar-China friendship and cooperation, and bring concrete benefits to the two peoples. The Myanmar side is willing to work with the Chinese side to safeguard the security and stability in border areas. The Myanmar side appreciates the Chinese side's position in upholding the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the Chinese side on multilateral affairs.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, and He Lifeng attended the meeting.

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