Peace pledge de­liv­ered to Myan­mar

China ready to play part in bring­ing sta­bil­ity to the trou­bled bor­der area

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nais ready to pla­ya­role in boost­ing peace talks on the trou­bled sit­u­a­tion in north­ern Myan­mar at Myan­mar’s re­quest, vis­it­ing For­eign Min­is­terWang Yi said onWed­nes­day.

The north of the coun­try has been in tur­moil in re­cent years, with Chi­nese cit­i­zens killed and in­jured in bomb­ings along the bor­der.

Wang out­lined Bei­jing’s stance to the South­east Asian na­tion’snewly elect­edPres­i­dent UHt­inKyaw.

China is also will­ing to in­crease links on the devel­op­ment strate­gies of both coun­tries and “re­in­force co­op­er­a­tion in fields such as liveli­hood, pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ityand­in­fras­truc­ture fa­cil­i­ties”, Wang said at a meet­ing in Naypy­itaw, Myan­mar’s cap­i­tal.

TheMyan­mar leader said the sug­ges­tions pro­posed by Wang for two-way co­op­er­a­tion show that China is sin­cere in fur­ther de­vel­op­ing bi­lat­eral ties. With his coun­try fac­ing a mount­ing task of im­prov­ing the econ­omy and liveli­hoods, the pres­i­dent said the­new­gov­ern­men­tis will­ing­to­pro­mote­friend­ship, deepen co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields, and is ready to safe­guard peace and sta­bil­ity inthe bor­der area.

Wang was mak­ing an of­fi­cial visit toMyan­mar— the first for­eign min­is­ter to visit the coun­try af­ter the new gov­ern­ment took of­fice.

In March, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping sent a mes­sage to U Htin Kyaw to con­grat­u­late him on his elec­tion as pres­i­dent. Wang con­veyed Xi’s greet­ings to the pres­i­dent onWed­nes­day, andU Htin Kyaw askedWang to con­vey

China sup­ports achiev­ing peace in north­ernMyan­mar through peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tion.”

his greet­ings toXi.

Wang reached out to in­flu­en­tial po­lit­i­cal fig­ures in­Myan­mar and re­as­sured them of Bei­jing’s un­changed com­mit­ment to goodrela­tion­swith­it­sneigh­bor.

Zhong Feit­eng, an ex­pert on Asia-Pa­cific af­fairs at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, saidWang’s sched­ule shows that China is ap­proach­ing all the ma­jor play­ers in Myan­mar, and he has “sent a clear sig­nal that China sup­ports the new po­lit­i­cal land­scape and ex­pects great sta­bil­ity in the coun­try”.

Wang’s call for peace in the bor­der area shows that China wants the new gov­ern­ment to fur­ther tackle the com­pli­cated sit­u­a­tion there, Zhong said.

At a meet­ing with Com­man­derof Myan­mar’s De­fense Ser­vices Se­nior Gen­eral Min Aung Hlaing, Wang said the army is an im­por­tant force in­Myan­mar’s devel­op­ment and sta­bil­ity.

“China sup­ports achiev­ing peace in north­ern Myan­mar through peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tion, an­dis ready to jointly safe­guard peace and tran­quil­lity in the bor­der area along with Myan­mar,” Wang said.

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