Jia Qinglin Meets with Myanmar's Speaker of the House of Representatives
On February 23, 2012, Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), met with Myanmar's Speaker of the House of Representatives Thura U Shwe Mann at the Great Hall of the People.
Jia said China-Myanmar "Paukphaw" friendship has a long history and hailed the sound development of bilateral ties. He noted the two sides have established comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with increasingly close exchanges at all levels and continuously deepening friendly exchanges and cooperation on economy, trade and culture. All this has brought tangible benefits to both peoples.
Jia said complicated changes in the global situation have brought opportunities and challenges for both countries as they work to deepen their relations. Both sides should make unremitting efforts to develop China-Myanmar friendship. He urged both sides to maintain high-level contacts, strengthen strategic coordination, draw up a plan of action for comprehensive and strategic cooperative partnership and improve coordination and cooperation mechanisms at an early date. "The CPPCC is willing to further cement contact and personnel exchanges with Myanmar's House of Representatives and House of Nationalities, as well as share experience in participating in state affairs," Jia said. As a friendly neighbor of Myanmar, China respects Myanmar's choice of development path and will continue to back the country's efforts to maintain national stability and development, he said. "China hopes to work closely with Myanmar to boost bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation and properly settle problems in cooperation so that China-Myanmar friendly cooperation will bring more benefits to both peoples," he said. Safeguarding peace and stability in border areas is in the common interest of both countries, Jia said. China respects Myanmar's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and sincerely hopes Myanmar will properly solve reconciliation issues in border areas in order to maintain stability there, Jia said.
Thura U Shwe Mann said he appreciates China's support for Myanmar's development over the years, adding that the government and people of Myanmar treasure their "Paukphaw" friendship with China. Speaking highly of China's development achievements, he said Myanmar expects to learn from China's successful experience. Strengthening cooperation with China is one of his country's set policies, he said, adding that Myanmar will stick to the one-China policy and boost the growth of their all-around strategic cooperative partnership.