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Myanmar and Chinese leaders discuss border cooperation, flood relief


Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Myanmar's President Thein Sein (L) at The Great Hall Of The People in Beijing, China, 04 September 2015. Photo: Lintao Zhang/EPA

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Myanmar's President Thein Sein (L) at The Great Hall Of The People in Beijing, China, 04 September 2015. Photo: Lintao Zhang/EPA

Myanmar and China have agreed to step up cooperation in border management and work together to maintain peace and stability in the border areas.

The agreement came during discussions between President U Thein Sein and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing. The Myanmar president attended the events to commemorate the “70th Anniversary of Victory of the World Anti-Fascist War” held in China on 2-4 September 2015, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar in a report on September 4.

President Xi Jinping and President U Thein Sein had an in-depth exchange of views and reached important consensus on further advancing China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership and deepening cooperation and friendly exchanges on all fronts. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also met President U Thein Sein.

Myanmar’s president offered thanks for Chinese aid during Myanmar’s recent floods, according to the report.

The two leaders discussed recovery plans for flood victims, a 900-million-yuan assistance project for the construction of flood prevention facilities in Myanmar’s lower delta region, the promotion of bilateral relations, border stability and cooperation in economics and trade.

Both sides spoke highly of the traditional “Pauk-Phaw” friendship between China and Myanmar, and agreed that since the establishment of diplomatic relations 65 years ago, the two countries have achieved remarkable progress in bilateral relations in firm commitment to the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence and on the basis of mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. The two sides reiterated that they would take the fundamental interests of the peoples of the two countries as the top priority, adopt a strategic and long-term perspective in moving China-Myanmar relations in the right direction, and continue the tradition of standing together through thick and thin and supporting each other for greater stability and development of both countries.

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