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Chinese FM Wang Yi meets Aung San Suu Kyi


04-06-2016 10:10 BJT

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is on a two-day visit to Myanmar. He is the first foreign minister to visit the Southeast Asian nation since the new government was sworn in. On Tuesday, Wang met with his Myanmar counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw.

NAY PYI TAW, April 5, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW, April 5, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi (R) and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi attend a joint press conference after their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, April 5, 2016. (Xinhua/U Aung)

Wang said Myanmar is standing at a new starting point in history, and China is ready to join hands with the new government to carry forward the traditional China-Myanmar friendship.

He said China hopes to deepen political mutual trust and expand the mutually beneficial cooperation so as to "open up a new chapter" for bilateral relations.

Meanwhile, Suu Kyi noted Myanmar and China are neighbors with their interests closely connected. She said China’s help in various aspects means a great deal for Myanmar’s national reconciliation and development.

"I’m very honored to be invited to Myanmar the first year after the new administration took office. It represents the friendship between China and Myanmar as well as the importance the two sides see in bilateral ties,” Wang said.

"The two countries’ economies are highly complementary, so there’re huge potential and space for bilateral trade and cooperation. China can become a reliable and long-term partner to Myanmar, helping it to boost its economy and improve people’s livelihoods. We look forward to realizing mutual development and prosperity.”

"Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pays us an official visit in the first week of our new administration. We have discussed economic cooperation and enhanced friendship between our two countries. We believe that friendly cooperation between China and Myanmar will benefit the development of our country,” Suu Kyi said.

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