December 15, 2016

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FM Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds talks with her Chinese counterpart

Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

CHINESE Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Myanmar Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to hold general discussions, it has been learned. Though the talks were held successfully it has been reported that the discussion did not involve any issue of China’s controversial projects in Myanmar.
The purpose of Mr Wang Yi’s visit to Myanmar was to offer his praise and congratulations to the new government on their smooth democratic ascension to becoming the ruling party. This was the scope of the talks and the two state representatives did not discuss in detail any other issues, said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at a press conference which followed the meeting.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi thanked the Chinese government for Mr Wang Yi’s visit, which marks the first visit of a foreign high-ranking official under the new government, saying that the friendship between neighbouring countries is of great value to the socio-economic development of the people and expressed that the new government attaches great value to Myanmar’s friendship with neighbouring countries.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Wang Yi said Myanmar has seen change in internal affairs but China’s friendly relations with Myanmar have remained unchanged, pledging that China would not interfere in the internal affairs of Myanmar.
“China supports the choice of the Myanmar people and I hope Myanmar will find itself on the right path in conformity with the country’s reality,” Mr Wang Yi said.
He further said that the two sides had reached some agreements during the talk but did not mention anything in detail.
Asked to give his view on some of China’s huge controversial projects in Myanmar, he said such challenges can be solved through the means of friendship and cooperation.
Asked how the new government will handle the controversial Myitson Dam project in Myanmar, referring to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s pledge during her election campaign that the NLD would ensure transparency in regard to the contracting of the project, she replied that she has not yet read the contract.
The Chinese foreign minister will meet President U Htin Kyaw today.

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