State Coun­sel­lor in China for high-pro­file meet­ing

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - LUN MIN MANG lun­min­mang@mm­times.com

State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will at­tend a meet­ing of the Com­mu­nist Party of China with po­lit­i­cal par­ties from around the world in Bei­jing at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Chi­nese govern­ment.

STATE Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi left Thurs­day to at­tend a high-level meet­ing of the Com­mu­nist Party of China with po­lit­i­cal par­ties from around the world in Bei­jing at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Chi­nese govern­ment, ac­cord­ing to a press state­ment re­leased by her of­fice.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, she will de­liver a speech as a spe­cial guest and will meet sep­a­rately with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the state coun­sel­lor are U Win Khaing, min­is­ter for Elec­tric­ity, En­ergy and Con­struc­tion, Chief Min­is­ter of Man­dalay Re­gion U Zaw Myint Maung and Deputy Min­is­ter of the Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice U Min Thu.

The event is the first ma­jor mul­ti­lat­eral meet­ing since the 19th Congress of CPC in China in Oc­to­ber, where Pres­i­dent Xi dis­closed his thoughts on “so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics for a new era”.

The lead­ers of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties will get an in-depth in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Pres­i­dent Xi’s thoughts on so­cial­ism, which were in­cluded in the con­sti­tu­tion of the CPC af­ter the congress.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from China Plus, lead­ers from more than 200 po­lit­i­cal par­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions from around the world are ex­pected to at­tend the di­a­logue through Sun­day.

Quot­ing Guo Yezhou, vice min­is­ter of the In­ter­na­tional De­part­ment of the CPC’S Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the re­port said sev­eral for­eign po­lit­i­cal par­ties have said that they are ea­ger to learn about the spirit of the CPC’S 19th Congress.

He also said the di­a­logue would be a place where the po­lit­i­cal par­ties from around the world can ex­change ideas and learn from one another about mak­ing progress in their gov­ern­ing abil­i­ties and in tack­ling chal­lenges.

Last week, Com­man­der-in-chief of De­fense Ser­vices Se­nior Gen­eral Min Aung Hlaing vis­ited China, where he met with Pres­i­dent Xi and thanked the Chi­nese govern­ment for sup­port­ing Myan­mar’s ef­forts to deal with the cri­sis in Rakhine State.

Dur­ing the meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Xi, Se­nior Gen­eral Min Aung Hlaing dis­cussed co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, and fur­ther­ing re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two na­tions’ armed forces.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang, Yi when he vis­ited Myan­mar this month, pro­posed a three-step so­lu­tion in re­solv­ing the cri­sis in Rakhine, say­ing the root cause of the con­flict is poverty.

The first phase of the Chi­nese plan is to have a cease­fire on the ground, to re­turn to sta­bil­ity and or­der so the peo­ple can en­joy peace and no longer be forced to flee, Wang Yi said while at­tend­ing the Asia-europe For­eign Min­is­ters’ Meet­ing in Nay Pyi Taw.

Photo: Zarni Phyo

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