Myanmar's President U Win Myint Meets with Wang Yi

On January 11, 2021 local time, Myanmar's President U Win Myint met with visiting State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Nay Pyi Taw.

Wang Yi conveyed cordial greetings from President Xi Jinping to President U Win Myint. Noting that he is the first foreign minister to visit Myanmar after the country's general election, Wang Yi said his visit is aimed at demonstrating China's anticipation and support for the successful formation of Myanmar's new government as well as Myanmar's efforts to realize national rejuvenation and lasting peace and stability along the development path independently chosen by the country and in the long-term interests of the people of Myanmar. During President Xi Jinping's historic state visit to Myanmar last year, the two sides agreed to build a China-Myanmar community with a shared future that features China and Myanmar sticking together through thick and thin. Over the past year, through close consultations, the two sides have agreed in principle on the action plan of building the community with a shared future, which is gratifying to see. China will always stand firmly with Myanmar to fight the pandemic, promote economic recovery and build the China-Myanmar community with a shared future.

Wang Yi said, China and Myanmar are close neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. To support Myanmar in controlling the pandemic, China has decided to provide an emergency aid of COVID-19 vaccines to the country, and is willing to carry out further vaccine cooperation with the country. He believes that the "Paukphaw" (fraternal) friendship between the two countries will be further carried forward and the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership will be further deepened after the testing of the pandemic. China supports Myanmar's new government in revitalizing its economy, improving people's well-being, and accelerating industrialization, hoping that the two sides would effectively implement the agreement on the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) with a concerted effort, and promote support and connectivity at the west, north and east ends of the CMEC. The two countries can extend activities of the China-Myanmar Year of Culture and Tourism to 2021 and promote exchanges and visits between their peoples to further consolidate the "Paukphaw" friendship. China supports the Myanmar government's commitment to national reconciliation in the spirit of Panglong, and will continue to provide assistance within its capacity, uphold fairness and justice for Myanmar and safeguard its legitimate rights and interests on the international stage.

Wang Yi noted that this year Myanmar will assume the roles of the country coordinator of China-ASEAN relations, co-chair of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and co-chair of consultations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. China would like to enhance coordination and cooperation with Myanmar to upgrade China-ASEAN relations, accelerate the development of the Lancang-Mekong economic zone, and push for the early implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, so as to benefit the people of all countries in the region.

President U Win Myint asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings and best wishes to President Xi Jinping. He said the Chinese foreign minister was the first to visit Myanmar soon after the new government led by the National League for Democracy was formed in 2016 and took the lead to visit Myanmar again this time during the COVID-19 pandemic, showing China attaches great importance to the relations with Myanmar. Myanmar is committed to working with China to implement the outcomes of President Xi Jinping's visit to Myanmar, further strengthen its "Paukphaw" friendship, and jointly build the Myanmar-China community with a shared future that features Myanmar and China sticking together through thick and thin, so as to realize the common development of the two countries. Myanmar sincerely appreciates the valuable supports provided by the Chinese government and all sectors of society and hopes to carry out vaccine cooperation with China. The two sides should hold the activities of the China-Myanmar Year of Culture and Tourism through consultation and further enhance exchanges and visits between the two countries. He thanks China for its support and assistance for Myanmar's national reconciliation process and speaking out for Myanmar on international occasions. Myanmar firmly adheres to the one-China principle and will continue to support China's position on issues related to Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang. Myanmar is willing to play an active role in advancing China-ASEAN relations and Lancang-Mekong Cooperation.

During his visit to Myanmar, Wang Yi also held talks with Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, met with Myanmar's Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe and will meet with Myanmar Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Min Aung Hlaing.

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