August 14, 2017

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President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin arrive in People’s Republic of China on state visit

President U Htin Kyaw, First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin look at the Giant Buddha at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers near the city of Leshan, China. Photo: MNA

At the invitation of President of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Xi Jinping, President U Htin Kyaw, First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin and entourage left Nay Pyi Taw yesterday for a State Visit and were seen off at the airport by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice Presidents U
Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman U Myo Aung and wife, Deputy Minister for Ministry of the President’s Office  U Min Thu, the Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, Mr. Chan Chan, Charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar and other officials.
The President and First Lady accompanied by Union Ministers, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Dr. Than Myint and U Win Khaing, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone Management Committee Chairman Dr. Soe Win and officials arrived in Shuang Liu International Airport, Chengdu, China at 10:30 a.m. local standard time.
President U Htin Kyaw, the First Lady and entourage were welcomed by Sichuan Province Vice Governor Mr Yang Hongbo, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Hong Liang, Myanmar Ambassador to China U Thit Lin Ohn and other officials. The President and entourage were then taken to Chengdu Jinjiang Hotel by motorcade.
In the afternoon, the President, the First Lady and entourage visited the Giant Buddha in Leshan. The 233 ft tall stone Buddha statue is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers near the city of Leshan and was built for 90 years from 713 to 803 AD during the Tang Dynasty. The Giant Buddha is the largest stone Buddha in the world and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
In the afternoon, President U Htin Kyaw met with Sichuan Province Party Secretary Mr. Wang Dongming at Jinjiang Hotel in Chengdu and discussed matters relating to promoting bilateral relations, cooperating in economic, trade, investment, agriculture, education sectors and exchanging of the scholars.
Afterwards, the President and the First Lady attended a dinner hosted by Sichuan Province Party Secretary.—Myanmar News Agency

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