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May 21, 2019

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with PRC Premier Mr. Li Keqiang in Beijing

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is welcomed by Chinese Premier Mr. Li Keqiang at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse yesterday. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who was in Beijing, People’s Republic of China (PRC) to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum addressed the opening ceremony of People to People Connectivity Thematic Forum held at the China National Convention Center yesterday morning.
In her address the State Counsellor said friendship based on mutual trust and understanding was important for cooperation. Without mutual trust and understanding our cooperation would not be effective. International forums and conferences gave an opportunity on achieving common stands to create a better world. There were various ways to approach a problem and a problem can be resolved in a positive way through friendship. There were challenges in working for our progresses without losing the main norms that bring forth friendship and happiness.
Without mutual trust and understanding it would be difficult to establish a global village where all lived harmoniously. Myanmar was a developing country and she would like to thank friends who had stood with us. Although challenges were being faced, it was believed that Myanmar could move forward with the help of those who provided trust and understanding and those who believed in mutual respect. Overcoming challenges depend on the people’s firm determination and efforts too. Despite the challenges, Myanmar would continue on the path of peace and development, said the State Counsellor.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addresses Thematic Forums of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, China. Photo: MNA

Next the State Counsellor met with PRC Premier Mr. Li Keqiang at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
At the meeting matters relating to increasing the bilateral “paukphaw” relations for the benefit of the people, cooperating under the belt and road cooperation framework for development of road communications and transportation basic infrastructure in Myanmar, continuing the import quota into China of 100,000 tons of Myanmar rice, discussing and negotiating toward increasing purchase of Myanmar agriculture and animal products in the future, achieving peace and stability along the border of the two countries, eradicating illegal border trade to increase bilateral trade volume, and coordinating between officials on preventing human trafficking and increasing cooperation in all sectors on the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2020 were discussed cordially and openly and views exchanged.
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers U Thant Sin Maung, U Win Khaing and U Kyaw Tin, Deputy Ministers U Aung Htoo and U Sett Aung, Myanmar Ambassador to China U Thit Lin Ohn and officials.
Afterwards State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the signing ceremony of Myanmar-China memorandum of understandings (MOUs) and agreements held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
The signing ceremony was also attended by Union Ministers U Thant Sin Maung, U Win Khaing and U Kyaw Tin, Deputy Ministers U Aung Htoo and U Sett Aung, Myanmar Ambassador to China U Thit Lin Ohn and officials.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. 
Photo: MNA

In the presence of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Premier Mr. Li Keqiang, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Sett Aung and PRC National Development and Reform Commission Vice Minister Mr. Zhang Yong signed an MOU between the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Planning and Finance and PRC National Development and Reform Commission on China-Myanmar Economic Corridor Cooperation Plan (2019-2030), Deputy Minister U Sett Aung and PRC Ministry of Commerce Vice Minister Mr. Yu Jianhua signed an MOU between Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations and PRC Ministry of Commerce on the Formulation of the Five-Year Development Program for Economic and Trade Cooperation and Myanmar Ambassador to China U Thit Lin Ohn and Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Hong Liang signed an agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
After the signing ceremony the State Counsellor and party visited the Forbidden City where State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Union Minister U Kyaw Tin, Ambassador U Thit Lin Ohn, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Hong Liang and personnel from Myanmar-China embassies took a commemorative group photo. Later the State Counsellor signed in the Forbidden City Guest Book.
Later in the evening the State Counsellor and party attended a dinner hosted by Mr. Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at Central Committee of the CPC International Department. — MNA

(Translated by Zaw Min)

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