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Wang Yi Holds Talks with State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar

On November 19, 2017, local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Nay Pyi Taw with State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar.

Wang Yi firstly conveyed greetings from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Aung San Suu Kyi. Wang Yi expressed that Myanmar sent an instant congratulatory message to China during the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, fully demonstrating the "Paukphaw" friendship and the great importance attached by Myanmar to China-Myanmar relations. China and Myanmar are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. China firmly supports State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's successful administration based on the will of the people and Myanmar's efforts in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence, security and dignity. China also firmly supports the Myanmar government's commitment to actively advancing the process of domestic peaceful reconciliation, improving people's livelihood and boosting the development and revitalization of economy. China firmly supports Myanmar to well host the upcoming Asia-Europe Meeting, so as to improve Myanmar's international status and influence.

Wang Yi expressed that China is pleased to see the progress made in the process of peaceful reconciliation in Myanmar. China hopes that all parties concerned in Myanmar should conduct friendly consultation while upholding the "Panglong Spirit", and finally reach consensus featuring ethnic unity and high degree of autonomy within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar as well as achieve long-lasting peace and stability at an early date. Wang Yi said that China regards Myanmar as an important partner in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" with distinct complementary advantages. In order to further consolidate China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and deepen practical cooperation, China is willing to, according to the development plan and actual needs of Myanmar, discuss on building a Y-shaped China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, thus establishing a wide triangle cooperation pattern and pushing forward the balanced development across Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi asked Wang Yi to convey her warm greetings and sound wishes to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, and noted that despite the difference in size, Myanmar and China have always treated each other with mutual respect and understanding. The two countries with traditional friendship are now a community of shared future. At present, what Myanmar and its people need most is peace, stability and development. While cooperating with China is of great significance and indispensable to realize such goals. Myanmar appreciates China's initiative of building the Myanmar-China Economic Corridor, which fits well with Myanmar's development plan. Myanmar is now in urgent need of addressing its undeveloped traffic and electricity, and hopes to cooperate with China in the aforementioned areas with priority by building the Myanmar-China Economic Corridor. Myanmar is willing to dock with China in terms of this initiative at an early date. Myanmar actively facilitates the process of domestic peaceful reconciliation and hopes to continuously receive understanding and support from China.

In regard to the Rakhine State issue, Wang Yi noted that considering its complicated background, the issue can be properly resolved only through friendly consultation between Myanmar and Bangladesh, and the international community should create necessary conditions and sound environment to this end. China proposes to address the Rakhine State issue in three phases. The first phase is to secure a ceasefire and restore order. In the second phase, the two sides work out feasible ways to solve the issue through friendly consultation, and sign and implement the repatriation agreement as soon as possible. In the third phase, the international community should increase support and inputs to the poverty alleviation in Rakhine State, so as to drive the development by poverty reduction and achieve stability through development.

Aung San Suu Kyi expressed that Myanmar cherishes China's understanding of the Rakhine State issue and agrees with the three-phase plan proposed by China. Myanmar is willing to restore the rule of law and order in the region and carry out repatriation work soon through dialogue and consultation with Bangladesh, so as to properly address the issue as soon as possible. Myanmar agrees with China on the idea of dealing with the root cause of the Rakhine State issue and wishes to achieve peace and stability in the Rakhine State and even the whole Myanmar through development. Myanmar hopes that China continues playing its important role in promoting an early resolution of the Rakhine State issue.

After the talks, Wang Yi and Aung San Suu Kyi attended the exchange ceremony of the relevant agreement documents and the inauguration of the China Cultural Center, and met with the press together.

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