Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 21:32
President Thein Sein of Myanmar has received the visiting Chinese State Councillor, Yang Jiechi at the Presidential Palace in capital Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, according to Myanmar’s state-owned media.
They discussed a number of political and economic issues, including border region development, Kyaukphyu Industrial Zone Project and Chinese assistance during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. The Union Ministers, Vice-ministers and senior officials from both sides attended the discussion.
Yang Jiechi, who was the former Foreign Minister of China, said President Thein Sein’s efforts have helped improve bilateral cooperation between China and Myanmar.
“Peace talks between Myanmar government and KIA (Kachin Independence Army) have brought about better outcomes and China is glad to see it. China has always respected sovereignty and territorial integrity of Myanmar, and vows to cooperate with Myanmar for development of China-Myanmar border regions as well as economic development,” said Yang Jiechi.
Kachin State in Northern Myanmar shares a long and rugged border with China and has suffered renewed conflict between the KIA and the Myanmar army. Last month the KIA and the government reached a 7-point agreement to continue talks for a ceasefire.
The Chinese State Councillor also pushed for early implementation of Kyaukphyu Industrial Zone Project in Rakhine State on the Western coast of Myanmar. Kyaukphyu project includes construction of a deep sea port which will allow China direct access to Indian Ocean trade routes. President Thein Sein has said that the project will bring development in the region.
The councillor also voiced China's interest in development projects in the South Western regions of Myanmar, and offered assistance for the opening and closing ceremonies of 27th SEA Games to be hosted in Myanmar in December this year.
The President thanked China for offering loans for Myanmar’s agricultural development, assistance during Myanmar’s upcoming chairmanship of the ASEAN bloc in 2014, and donation of three replicas of Buddha's tooth.
“Myanmar needs to take lessons from China where peace and stability and economic development could be realised during a 30 year period,” said President Thein Sein.
President Thein Sein and Yang Jiechi also discussed improving the health and energy sectors in Myanmar, ensuring peace and stability in the border regions and cementing a bilateral strategic partnership.
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