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Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President U Htin Kyaw of Myanmar The Two Heads of State Agree to Push China-Myanmar Relations for Sustained, Healthy and Stable Development

On April 10, 2017, President Xi Jinping held talks with President U Htin Kyaw of Myanmar at the Great Hall of the People. The two heads of state agreed to stick to the fine tradition of standing together through thick and thin and sharing weal and woe, adhere to the cooperation policy featuring mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results, and push China-Myanmar relations for sustained, healthy and stable development, so as to bring more well-being to the two peoples.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Myanmar are linked by mountains and rivers, and enjoy profound paukphaw friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 67 years ago, bilateral relations have achieved substantial development on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which brings tangible interests to the two peoples. Attaching great importance to developing relations with Myanmar, China is willing to make joint efforts with Myanmar to proceed from the fundamental interests of the two peoples, firmly grasp the right direction of bilateral relations, elevate the level of comprehensive strategic cooperation, and be good neighbors, good friends, good brothers and good partners forever.

Xi Jinping stressed that the two sides should enhance high-level exchanges, deepen experience exchanges in state governance and administration, support each other on major issues concerning each side's core interests, and deepen practical cooperation. China appreciates Myanmar's active support and participation in the "Belt and Road" initiative, and is willing to, together with Myanmar, enhance the integration of development strategies, coordinate and advance cooperation in such fields as trade, investment, infrastructure construction, energy, agriculture, hydro power, electricity, finance, and cross-border economic cooperation zones, push Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone and other bilateral major cooperation as well as relevant connectivity projects for early implementation, and propel China-Myanmar cooperation to tilt towards education, rural development and other areas of people's livelihood of Myanmar. Both sides should enrich the connotation of bilateral people-to-people and cultural cooperation, enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation in culture, education, youth, health, tourism, media, religion and other areas, and constantly consolidate the public opinion foundation of bilateral friendship. Both sides should strengthen coordination in the UN, East Asia cooperation, the Lancang-Mekong River cooperation and other multilateral arenas. China respects Myanmar's development path that suits its national conditions, and is willing to continuously play a constructive role in advancing Myanmar's domestic peace process, and jointly safeguard the security and stability in the China-Myanmar border area together with Myanmar.

U Htin Kyaw expressed that since the establishment of Myanmar-China diplomatic relations in 1950, bilateral relations have enjoyed sound development on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. The friendship between the two countries has been further elevated from traditional paukphaw friendship to comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. Myanmar will never forget China's assistance to its national development as well as China's strong support in international arena. The Myanmar government thanked China's efforts in supporting its national reconciliation, economic and social development, as well as the improvement of people's livelihood. Myanmar adheres to the one-China policy, supports and is willing to actively participate in the "Belt and Road" construction, enhance bilateral cooperation on major projects in infrastructure construction, cross-border economic cooperation zones and other fields, deepen the relationship between the two peoples, and intensify coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs.

After the talks, the two heads of state jointly witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents covering economy, technology, medical care, sports, transportation, forestry, cultural relics and other areas.

The two sides issued a Joint Press Communiqué Between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Prior to the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcoming ceremony for U Htin Kyaw at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Xi Jinping's wife Mme. Peng Liyuan, Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Yan Junqi, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Jiarui and others were present.

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