State coun­sel­lor to visit China

The Myanmar Times - - News - SHOON LEI news­room@mm­times.com

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.

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