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Xi Jinping Meets with Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar

2020/01/18

On the morning of January 18, 2020 local time, President Xi Jinping met with Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar at the hotel where he stayed in Nay Pyi Taw.

Xi Jinping pointed out, this visit is the first state visit to Myanmar by a Chinese president after an interval of 19 years and also my first overseas trip this year, which shows the high level of the current bilateral relations. Over the past 70 years since the establishment of China-Myanmar diplomatic relations, despite changes in the two countries and ups and downs of bilateral relations, China and Myanmar always managed to eventually get on the right path of close cooperation and mutual support. The two sides should well safeguard and develop the precious "pauk-phaw" friendship and promote the practical cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative to achieve results at an early date and benefit people. The development of China-Myanmar relations depends on the concerted cooperation of people from all walks of life of the two countries, and it is also inseparable from exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries. It is hoped that Commander-in-Chief and the Myanmar military will strengthen exchanges with the Chinese military, so as to jointly advance the building of a China-Myanmar community with a shared future. Joint efforts should be made to safeguard peace and stability of the border areas, and create favorable conditions for promoting economic development of border areas.

Xi Jinping stressed, both China and Myanmar are champions of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. China has always adhered to non-interference in other countries' internal affairs, and respecting the development path chosen independently by the people of various countries. Both sides should continue understanding and supporting each other, strengthen coordination, staunchly safeguard respective sovereignty, security and development interests, safeguard our common legitimate rights and interests, and safeguard basic norms governing international relations. The Chinese side will continue to speak out for justice for the Myanmar side in the international arena.

Min Aung Hlaing said, President Xi Jinping's visit to Myanmar is of special timing and great significance. It has yielded fruitful results and fully demonstrated the height and depth of bilateral relations. President Xi Jinping attended the celebration events marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations yesterday and announced the joint building of the Myanmar-China community with a shared future, which are of great historical significance to bilateral relations. The Myanmar side felt sincere happiness for China's great success in development and is thankful to the Chinese side's long-term assistance in Myanmar's economic and social development and national defense building. Myanmar sincerely hopes to learn from China's success experience to realize Myanmar's national peace and development. The Myanmar military staunchly abides by the One China principle and considers issues relating to Hong Kong and Xinjiang as China's internal affairs for which other countries should not interfere. I will continue to deepen the Myanmar-China "pauk-phaw" friendship and bilateral military relations, actively support the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Myanmar-China Economic Corridor, and actively forge ahead with the building of the Myanmar-China community with a shared future within my tenure.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others were present.

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