PRESIDENT U Thein Sein’s recent visit to China not only strengthened relations between the two countries but also deepened the determination to prevent the rise of fascism, Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut said in a recent interview.
The first aim of attending the parade was to honour the role of the Chinese people and Communist Party that fought against fascism for 14 to 15 years. Another aim is concerned with our lessons from the Second World War. As Myanmar was occupied by fascists for about three years during WWII, we had our own lessons with fascism and we are determined to prove that we believe fascism will never rise again, U Ye Htut said.
After attending the parade, the president met with the Chinese president and the premier. The focus of the discussions was prospects for assistance of China in recovery of flood-hit areas in Myanmar. It is expected that China is likely to offer 900 million yuan not just for flood-hit areas but also for prevention of floods in Ayeyawady Delta, according to U Ye Htut.
Another area of the discussions covered cooperation for border security and prevention of smuggling. Chinese leaders reiterated that they supported reforms in Myanmar and the choice of Myanmar people for a suitable political system.
On their return, the president and delegation met with the party secretary of Yunnan Province in Kunming. They discussed promotion of trade and border security including timber smuggling. The minister said that the presidential visit to China was important because it can strengthen relations between the two countries and cooperation in prevention of the rise of fascism.
Tun Win Naing