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Xi Jinping Meets with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar

On August 19, 2016, President Xi Jinping met at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar.

Xi Jinping welcomed State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to visit China and highly praised her efforts to follow the footprints of older generations and advance China-Myanmar friendly causes. Xi Jinping stressed that China stands ready to, together with Myanmar, carry forward the tradition, continue with the past and open up the future, promote China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation to continuously achieve new progress, and bring more tangible benefits to the two peoples so that they can always be good neighbors, friends, brothers and partners.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China-Myanmar "Paukphaw" friendship enjoys a long history and remains unshakable and becomes firmer as time goes by. Linked by mountains and rivers, the two countries are closely related and mutually dependent with people-to-people bonds, close exchanges, similar encounters and comparable tasks. The two countries also enjoy extensive cooperation and complementary advantages. As a friendly neighbor of Myanmar, China will continuously support Myanmar to follow a development path conforming to its own national conditions, safeguard national stability, boost economic growth, and maintain social harmony. Both sides should strengthen political guidance under the new situation to develop bilateral relations. China stands ready to maintain high-level contacts and personnel exchanges at all levels as well as enhance communication and mutual trust with Myanmar. The two countries should also integrate their development strategies. Appreciating Myanmar's support to the "Belt and Road" initiative, China is willing to, together with Myanmar, advance relevant connectivity projects, guarantee the secure operation of current large-scale projects, actively boost bilateral cooperation in key areas such as energy and finance and push bilateral industrial cooperation for greater achievements. Both countries should enhance friendship. From now on, China-Myanmar cooperation will shift focuses to areas that will directly benefit people's livelihood, including agriculture, water conservancy, education and health care, so as to deliver benefits to more people. China is also willing to expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges with Myanmar in culture, media, Buddhism as well as other areas to further consolidate the public opinion foundation for bilateral friendship. China is ready to continue to play a constructive role in promoting Myanmar's peace process, and make joint efforts with Myanmar to safeguard peace and stability along the border between the two nations.

Aung San Suu Kyi expressed that Myanmar and China are friendly neighbors, and the Myanmar people treasure the unadorned and profound "Paukphaw" friendship with the Chinese people. Myanmar thanks China for its long-term support for Myanmar's economic and social development as well as livelihood construction, especially China's valuable assistance in Myanmar's agriculture, health and education causes. Myanmar is ready to make joint efforts with China to maintain close high-level exchanges, strengthen the friendship between the two peoples, and reinforce mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields. Myanmar is willing to work together with China to safeguard stability along the border regions, and will not allow anything that could affect Myanmar's friendly relations with neighboring countries. Aung San Suu Kyi agreed to enhance communication between the National League for Democracy of Myanmar and the Communist Party of China, as they both are ruling parties that represent the general public.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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