China responds to Japanese economic assistance to Myanmar
CHINA - China on thursday responded to a question about Japan’s economic aid to Myanmar by calling for sincere help for the Southeast Asian country from the international community.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that Japan will provide 800 billion yen (7.73 billion U.S. dollars) for Myanmar over the next five years to assist the country’s peace process and national development. According to Japanese media reports, this assistance also reflects Japan’s rivalry with China for economic and political influence in Southeast Asia.
“China has never targeted a third party while developing diplomatic relations with countries around the world,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a routine press briefing. “We hope relevant countries could also adopt such an open, inclusive and frank attitude in developing ties with other countries,” Hua said. As a friendly neighbor to Myanmar, China supports the country in carrying out exchanges and cooperation with all countries, she said, calling for the international community to provide more practical and sincere help for Myanmar’s development and stability. (Xinhuanet. com/photo: todayonline. com)
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.