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China and Myanmar Hold 2+2 High-level Consultations led by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence

2017/02/07

On February 7, 2017, the China-Myanmar 2+2 High-level Consultations led by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence were held in Kunming. Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission Shao Yuanming, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin of Myanmar and Chief of the No.1 Special Operations Bureau of the Tatmadaw Tun Tun Naung of Myanmar co-chaired the consultations.

Speaking positively of the sound development of China-Myanmar relations, both sides agreed that properly solving the Northern Myanmar issue and maintaining peace and stability in China-Myanmar border area are of great significance in promoting bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperation in the new period. Therefore, both sides agreed to continuously maintain close communication concerning the situation in northern Myanmar, further enhance border management and cooperation and jointly devote to safeguarding peace in the border area, so as to boost the development of the border region and benefit the people there.

China expects relevant parties in Myanmar to practically maintain restraint and realize a cease-fire in the northern Myanmar area as soon as possible, so as to keep stability in the China-Myanmar border area. China always respects Myanmar's sovereignty independence and territorial integrity and supports Myanmar to carry forward the spirit of Panlong Conference featuring peaceful consultations and negotiations as well as national unity and autonomy and achieve domestic peace and national reconciliation through dialogues and consultations at an early date.

The Myanmar side informed the latest development of the domestic peace progress, and introduced the preparation of the 2nd 21st century Panlong Conference. Myanmar expressed that the country will take practical measures to stabilize the situation in northern Myanmar and continue to steadily push forward domestic peace process. Myanmar also expressed gratitude to China's positive assistance in this regard, and welcomed China to continuously play its due role in the process in a constructive way.

Both sides agreed to hold the consultations again in China within this year, and will maintain communication on the specific time and place.

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