August 20, 2016

Joint Press Release between the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the People’s Republic of China

1.    At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, paid an official visit to China from 17th to 21st August 2016. During the visit, President Xi Jinping met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Premier Li Keqiang held talks with the State Counsellor on bilateral relations, and Chairman Zhang Dejiang of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress also met with the State Counsellor. The two sides had in-depth exchange of views and reached important consensus on carrying forward their traditional friendship and advancing their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in the new era.
2.    Both sides spoke highly of the “Pauk-Phaw” friendship between the two countries, and agreed that as joint initiators of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, Myanmar and China will adhere to the above principles and work together for progress in bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect, mutual trust, equality and mutual benefit. Both sides affirmed that they would continue to uphold good neighbourly policy toward each other and to continue to attach priority to strengthening their bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of the two peoples and to promote greater stability and development in both countries. Both sides reaffirmed that they would always put the interests of the two peoples at the fore front, adopt a strategic and long-term perspective, and work to achieve new progress in their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
3.    Both sides agreed to maintain the tradition of close high-level contacts, to enhance strategic communication and to deepen exchanges on the experience of governance. They further agreed to increase friendly exchanges and cooperation at different levels, particularly between political parties and peoples.
4.    The two sides agreed to promote rule of law in the border areas, and to enhance trade, economic cooperation and various forms of friendly exchanges that would contribute to the well-being of the peoples.
5.    The two sides agreed to continue close coordination in the multilateral fora including the United Nations. They agreed to maintain close coordination on global issues concerning the pursuits and challenges of developing countries such as climate change, natural disasters and communicable diseases.
6.    Myanmar welcomed China’s “Belt and Road” initiative and the initiative of Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor. The two sides will continue to make good use of existing inter-governmental cooperation mechanisms including the economic and trade joint committee, agricultural cooperation committee and electricity cooperation committee, and enhance mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of economics and trade, agriculture, water, electricity, productivity and finance.
7.    China appreciates Myanmar government’s visions and policies to promote national reconciliation and to improve the people’s living standards, and supports Myanmar in its democratic transition that follows an all-inclusive path which is in line with its own national conditions and aims at ensuring national reconciliation and peace, and the promotion of economic development and social harmony. China is ready to continue to provide help toward Myanmar’s economic and social development to the best of its ability, and to take concrete measures to support Myanmar’s efforts in improving its people’s living standards. Myanmar expressed its deep appreciation to China for providing support for Myanmar’s endeavours for economic and social development. The Myanmar side expressed its readiness to work together with the Government of the People’s Republic of China to further promote trade and investment that would create employment opportunities to reduce poverty and contribute to equitable development in Myanmar. Myanmar reaffirmed its adherence to the one-China principle, and expressed its understanding and support of China’s position on Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang.
8.    The two sides decided to strengthen cooperation and to ensure prevalence of peace and stability in their border areas. China supported Myanmar efforts to realize peace and national reconciliation through political dialogue. Myanmar thanked China for its active and constructive support to Myanmar’s endeavours for national reconciliation and peace.
9.    The State Counsellor conveyed the cordial invitation of President U Htin Kyaw to President Xi Jinping to pay a state visit to Myanmar, and President Xi Jinping expressed his appreciation of the invitation.
10.    State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressed her sincere appreciation to Premier Li Keqiang and the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the warm welcome and exceptional hospitality accorded to her delegation during their visit, and extended an invitation to Premier Li Keqiang to visit Myanmar at a mutually convenient time in the near future, and Premier Li Keqiang expressed his appreciation of the invitation.


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