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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping at 
People’s Hall in Beijing.

Nay Pyi Taw November 2

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who is currently on a goodwill visit to the People’s Republic of China, paid a courtesy call on Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping at People’s Hall in Beijing at 5.25 pm local standard time yesterday.

Also present together with the Senior General were Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo and senior military officers, Myanmar Ambassador to China U Thit Lin Ohn and Military Attaché Brig-Gen Tint San. Together with President Mr. Xi Jinping were Gen. Fang Fenghui, Chief of Joint Staff of the People’s Liberation Army of China, and senior military officers.

Speaking at the call, the Senior General praised the successful holding of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the continued appointment of President Mr. Xi Jinping as paramount leader. He said President U Htin Kyaw sent a message to the Chinese President and expressed thanks to the Chinese President for sending a congratulatory message. The Senior General next conveyed the invitation extended for the Chinese President. The Senior General continued to say that he was glad and honoured to see China’s significant developments in a six-year period after he was on a goodwill visit to the PRC in 2013 during which the Chinese President commented that reform is a driving force, peace and stability a requirement and development an ambition. Myanmar for its part is conducting reform but still facing challenges. As peace and tranquillity have been achieved to a certain degree, the continued efforts are being made to totally end conflicts with the armed ethnic groups. Then the Senior General expressed thanks to China for its assistance.

Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping said that it is his third meeting with the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and that his visit is a fruitful one that can revitalize the close cooperation between the two armed forces thanks to the successful discussions. He said he would like to deepen the intimate Pauk-Phaw relationship and amity between the two countries for further development of the citizens. He said he believed that there would be greater potential for cooperation because of the cordial ties and dialogues between the two armed forces, and that the exchange of visits between top leaders can foster the friendship. He said he had engaged with former President U Thein Sein, and was also increasing contact and cooperation with incumbent President U Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He also wished Myanmar peace and stability, economic prosperity, and socioeconomic development of people. And he added that he would like to further cement the ties between the two countries.

The Commander-in-Chief also stressed the importance of bilateral cooperation. He said the border cooperation ranges widely including administration and economy sectors. He said that it would be more beneficial to the two countries if normal trade apart from border trade can be promoted. The cooperation between the administrative bodies and armed forces of two sides for border stability has achieved certain success, he said, promising to work harder to achieve greater success in that area. He said he would promote the military and defence cooperation between the two armed forces. He added that he would like to strengthen the existing relationship by promoting the ties between two countries, governments, parties and armed forces.

The Myawady Daily

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