China's top political advisor says China's good-neighborly ties with Myanmar conforms to mutual interests

11:07, April 05, 2011      

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Jia Qinglin (L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Myanmar's speaker of House of Representatives U Shwe Mann in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, April 4, 2011.(Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin held talks with Myanmar's speaker of House of Representatives U Shwe Mann here on Monday, saying China's good- neighborly ties with Myanmar conforms to the fundamental interests of both sides.

Jia first conveyed his sincere sympathy to U Shwe Mann over the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the northeast of the country. China has already donated 500,000 U.S. dollars to Myanmar to help its relief efforts and reconstruction.

Noting that Myanmar is one of the earliest countries to establish diplomatic relations with new China, Jia said both peoples have forged a deep friendship over the long history of exchange.

The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which was advocated by countries including China and Myanmar, have become the widely-accepted norms of developing nation-to-nation relations, Jia said.

In recent years, both sides have maintained a sound development trend of bilateral ties as both countries have conducted frequent exchanges and rendered support to each other on issues of each other's core interests, Jia said.

He said China appreciated Myanmar's stand over the issues of Taiwan and issues related to Tibet and Xinjiang.

Jia maintained that the development of China-Myanmar neighborly and friendly ties conforms to the fundamental interests of the two peoples, which is also China's unshakable policy.

Jia made several proposals for further development of bilateral ties, including maintenance of high-level visits, strengthening of administration experience and exchange of socio-economic development concept, deepening of mutually beneficial cooperation and further enhancement of cooperation in the sectors of transport, energy and major infrastructure building, a close party-to-party exchange and strengthening of coordination when dealing with international affairs.

He said China will continue to support Myanmar to choose its own development mode and help safeguard Myanmar's legitimate rights in international occasions.

For his part, U Shwe Mann believed Jia's visit will promote bilateral ties, noting that the top political advisor of China is the first foreign leader to visit the country after its new government was established.

The speaker held the belief that Jia's visit will undoubtedly further the two countries' friendship and cooperation.

Jia arrived in Myanmar on Saturday for a 4-day visit. Myanmar is the first stop of Jia's three-nation tour, which will also take him to Australia and Samoa.
http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2011-04/06/nw.D110000renmrb_20110406_3-03.htm
Source:Xinhua

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