State counsellor to visit China
DAW Aung San Suu Kyi will make her first trip to China as foreign minister later this month, a spokesperson confirmed yesterday.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi extended an invitation to the state counsellor during the ASEAN meeting in Laos at the end of July.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted and is scheduled to arrive in China sometime in the middle of this month, according to U Kyaw Zeya, lead spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The visit will take place as the government prepares for the cornerstone of its peace process, the 21st-century Panglong Conference.
U Kyaw Zeya declined to provide Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s agenda while in China, or to give the exact dates of the trip.
“Our side will be prepared for most of the issues and if they are willing to talk about the issues, our side will be ready for it,” he said.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi made her first visit to China in June 2015 as leader of the National League for Democracy when she met President Xi Jinping. Few details emerged of her trip.
Her upcoming trip comes as the Myanmar government makes overtures to three Kokang region allies – the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Ta’Ang Liberation Army and the Arakan Army. The three groups have engaged in fighting with the Tatmadaw along the shared border with China.
Last year the clashes drove tens of thousands of civilians across the border, while China launched live-fire military exercises along the frontier in what some perceived to be a warning signal aimed at the Tatmadaw.