February 15, 2017

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President meets Chinese counterpart in Beijing

President U Thein Sein shakes hands with Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping.—IPRD
President U Thein Sein shakes hands with Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping.—IPRDm

President U Thein Sein, who attended the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the World Anti-Fascist War, met China’s President Mr Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Friday.
The two leaders discussed recovery plans for flood victims, a 900-million-yuan assistanceproject for the construction of flood prevention facilities in Myanmar’s lower delta region, the promotion of bilateral relations, border stability and cooperation in economics and trade.
President U Thein Sein also met separately with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, with discussions focusing on improved relationships between Myanmar and China and ASEAN and China, bilateral youth exchange programmes, and the development of the Kyaukpyu special economic zone.
Both Chinese leaders reaffirmed their support for Myanmar’s peace process and pledged greater cooperation to that end.
President U Thein Sein and his delegates left Beijing for Kunming in the afternoon. At the airport, General Secretary of Yunnan Provincial Party Mr Li Zhihan paid a courtesy call on President U Thein Sein. They discussed the promotion of trade between Myanmar and Yunnan Province and the prospects of implementing the Shweli (Ruili)-Muse economic zone and cooperating to control the narcotic drug trade, human trafficking and illegal logging.
On arrival in Nay Pyi Taw, the president and his entourage were welcomed by Vice Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Vice-Senior General Soe Win and union ministers.
At the invitation of China’s President Xi Jinping, President U Thein Sein was in Beijing to attend the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the World Anti-Fascist War, together with heads of states from 48 countries and leaders of 10 international organisations.

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