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Wang Yi Meets with Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar Armed Forces

On April 6, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar Armed Forces in Nay Pyi Taw.

Wang Yi expressed that China and Myanmar are connected by mountains and rivers, and closely linked as lips and teeth. When the domestic situation changes in Myanmar, it is very natural for China, as a neighbor and friend of the country, to visit Myanmar at the first time to widely contact and communicate with new and old friends from various circles. The Myanmar military is an important force for the country to develop steadily, and military exchanges constitute an important part of the "paukphaw" friendship between China and Myanmar. The two militaries should maintain and carry forward the friendly tradition, which is in the fundamental and long-term interests of both countries and peoples. China supports Myanmar's efforts to achieve peace in the northern region through peaceful negotiations as early as possible, and stands ready to work with Myanmar to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas.

Min Aung Hlaing said Wang Yi is the first Foreign Minister that visited Myanmar since the new government took office, demonstrating China's high attention to bilateral relations and its strong willingness to further promote bilateral cooperation. Myanmar and China maintain friendly exchanges in various areas. Myanmar appreciates the sincere and long-term support and assistance provided by China, especially at the hardest time during Myanmar's national development. Myanmar's political system has changed, but its military is committed to pursuing a friendly policy toward China. It is hoped that as truly good neighbors and friends, the two countries would continue to trust, support and help each other.

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