May 16, 2017

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State Counsellor meets with Chinese president and premier

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they meet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, yesterday. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met the President of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Xi Jinping in Dongdating Hall, Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday afternoon after spending time with the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Li Keqiang.
At the two meetings, matters relating to increasing the two countries’ strategic cooperation based on the pauk-phaw (fraternal) relationship existing between the two countries, cooperating for stability and development in the border regions, exchanging high level goodwill visits and increasing the people-to-people relationship and cooperation in all sectors were discussed.
The Chinese president told Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday that China would continue to help the country achieve peace, and called for both sides to maintain stability on their shared border.
President Xi met the State Counsellor following China’s Belt and Road Forum on Sunday and Monday.
“China is willing to continue to provide necessary assistance for Myanmar’s internal peace process,” China’s official Xinhua news agency cited Xi as saying. “The two sides must jointly work to safeguard China-Myanmar border security and stability,” Xi said.
In addition, wide-ranging views were exchanged on projects jointly implemented by the two countries. Present at the meetings at the Great Hall of the People were Union Ministers U Thant Sin Maung, U Win Khaing, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister U Aung Htoo, Myanmar Ambassador to China U Thit Lin Ohn and officials.

State Counsellor meets Mr. Wang Jiarui of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.  Photo: MNA

After their meeting, the State Counsellor and the Premier witnessed the signing of five agreements between Myanmar and China.  The agreements were signed by Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Myanmar Ambassador to China U Thit Lin Ohn, Commerce Minister of the People’s Republic of China H. E. Mr. Zhong Shan, National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chairman H.E. Mr. Zhang Yong, National Health and Family Planning Commission Chairperson H.E. Ms. Li Bin and Head of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China Mr. Liu Yuzhu.
The documents signed were “Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Government of the People’s Republic of China”, “Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China on the Establishment of China-Myanmar Border Economic Cooperation Zone”, “Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on Cooperation within the Framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative”, “Memorandum of Understanding on Health Cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Sports of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China” and “Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of the Religious Affairs and Culture of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of the People’s Republic of China on Cooperation in Post-quake Restoration and Protection of Historic Monuments of Bagan”.
In the evening, State Counsellor and entourage visited Anzhen Hospital in Beijing to encourage Myanmar children who recently underwent cardiac surgery.
The cardiac surgeries were part of the “Treatment without limitation of borders on Myanmar children with cardiac problems from birth” programme implemented after the meeting between State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Xi Jinping on 19 August 2016. Fifty-four patients were selected from Yankin Children’s Hospital in Yangon to be treated in Beijing.
To date, 12 patients are undergoing treatment in Beijing and eight have already undergone successful operations.
Later in the evening, the State Counsellor attended a dinner hosted by the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference vice chairman Mr. Wang Jiarui.
Earlier in the day, the State Counsellor attended a working breakfast hosted by the head of the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China Mr. Song Tao.—Myanmar News Agency

State Counsellor visits Myanmar children from Yankin Children’s Hospital who are receiving free heart surgery at Anzhen Hospital in Beijing.  Photo: MNA

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