Xi tells Suu Kyi Beijing will aid peace process
VisitingMyanmar state counselor says nation will work to maintain stability on the border
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.