Xi tells Suu Kyi Bei­jing will aid peace process

Visit­ingMyan­mar state coun­selor says na­tion will work to main­tain sta­bil­ity on the bor­der

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By LI XIAOKUN lix­i­aokun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Myan­mar vowed on Fri­day that it will work with China to main­tain sta­bil­ity around the bor­der and will not tol­er­ate moves that ham­per its re­la­tions with China.

Vis­it­ing Myan­mar State Coun­selor Aung San Suu Kyi made the re­marks in a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at the Diaoyu­tai State Guest­house in Bei­jing.

“Myan­mar will make joint ef­forts with China to main­tain sta­bil­ity in the Myan­mar-China bor­der re­gion and will not al­low things to hap­pen that would ham­per Myan­mar’s friendly re­la­tions with neigh­bors,” Suu Kyi, Myan­mar’s No 2 leader, toldXi, ac­cord­ing to a For­eignMin­istrynews re­lease.

China andMyan­mar share a 2,200-km bor­der, and cit­i­zens of both na­tion­swho­live on the bor­der are closely linked.

Xi as­sured Suu Kyi that China will con­tinue to play a “con­struc­tive role” in Myan­mar’s peace process and to make ef­forts for peace.

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang had also toldSu­uKyi, when­theymeton Thurs­day, that China would con­tinue to play a con­struc­tive role in pro­mot­ing the peace­ful set­tle­ment of hos­til­i­ties be­tween armed eth­nic groups and the na­tional gov­ern­ment in north­ernMyan­mar.

Myan­mar’s gov­ern­ment has de­cided to al­low armed groups that have not signed the Na­tion­wide Cease­fire Ac­cord to par­tic­i­pate in the 21st Cen­tury Pan­g­long Eth­nic Con­fer­ence, to be held in the cap­i­tal, Nay Pyi Taw, on Aug 31.

Song Qin­grun, a re­searcher of South­east­Asia stud­ies at the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said armed eth­nic groups and the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment now each con­trol half of the coun­try’s bor­der with China.

In­ten­sive con­flicts on the Myan­mar side of the bor­der have spawned var­i­ous kinds of cross-bor­der crimes, he said.

Song said the sta­bil­ity will pro­tect the lives of peo­ple from both coun­tries and the se­cu­rity of ma­jor cross-bor­der pro­jects, will im­prove the de­vel­op­ment of bor­der trade and of a Chi­naMyan­mar cross-bor­der eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion zone and will help re­al­ize the com­ple­tion of the eco­nomic cor­ri­dor link­ing Bangladesh, China, In­dia andMyan­mar.

Ji Mingkui, a pro­fes­sor of strate­gic stud­ies at theN­ational De­fense Uni­ver­sity of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, said a ma­jor aim of Su­uKyi’s visit to China is to ad­vance the peace process in Myan­mar and end the con­flicts be­tween the gov­ern­ment and lo­cal armed forces that have af­flicted the coun­try inthe past six decades.

“Suu Kyi be­lieves the main is­sue in­Myan­mar is the peace process, and China has a great im­pact on that,” he said.

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