FM re­turns to Myan­mar af­ter China trip

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - SHOON NAING shun­lei­

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wrapped up her trip to China yes­ter­day, af­ter the two coun­tries agreed to pro­mote the rule of law on their shared bor­der.

FOR­EIGN Min­is­ter Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has ended her five-day trip to China, re­turn­ing to Yan­gon yes­ter­day.

The visit, which came af­ter an in­vi­ta­tion from China’s Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang, was Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s first ma­jor over­seas trip since the Na­tional League for Democ­racy gov­ern­ment took office in March.

China and Myan­mar reached an agree­ment to work to­ward close co­or­di­na­tion on world­wide is­sues con­cern­ing cli­mate change, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Pres­i­dent’s Office.

“The two sides agreed to pro­mote rule-of-law in the bor­der ar­eas, and to en­hance trade, eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and var­i­ous forms of friendly ex­changes that would con­trib­ute to the well-be­ing of the public,” the state­ment said.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping agreed to play a con­struc­tive role in Myan­mar’s peace process, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial Chi­nese state­ment ob­tained by AFP.

The 21st-cen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence, slated to start next week, aims to quell the strife be­tween nu­mer­ous eth­nic groups across Myan­mar. China’s prom­ise to pro­mote the peace process and pro­mote rule of law in the bor­der­lands are re­lated, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst U Than Soe Naing told The Myan­mar Times.

Some of the eth­nic groups are lo­cated along Myan­mar’s por­ous bor­der with China, where drugs and guns are of­ten bought and sold. Some armed eth­nic groups along the bor­der have eth­nic or cul­tural ties to the peo­ple in Yun­nan prov­ince on the Chi­nese side of the bor­der.

“As a good neigh­bour, China will do every­thing pos­si­ble to pro­mote our peace process,” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was quoted by AFP as telling re­porters in Beijing.

She also con­firmed that the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment would set up a com­mit­tee to re­view the con­tro­ver­sial US$3.6 bil­lion Beijing-backed My­it­sone dam project, frozen in 2011 af­ter protests, but did not say whether or not it would con­tinue. – With AFP

Photo: AFP

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (left) speaks dur­ing a meet­ing with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping (not pic­tured) in Beijing on Au­gust 19.

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