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China pledges support to Myanmar


Naypyidaw: China has pledged its support for Myanmar’s new government and also touched on Beijing’s investment projects, including the suspended Myitsone dam. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Aung San Suu Kyi and held discussions of mutual interest in capital Nay Pyi Taw. “China will not interfere in internal affairs, but we strongly support the right choice of the Myanmar people,” said Wang in a joint news conference acknowledging the landslide election victory of the National League for Democracy last November, reports the Myanmar Times.

Wang is the first senior foreign official to meet Suu Kyi since the government took office on March 30 and asserted that China sought a continuation of good relations despite problems between the two sides. “We appreciate our long relations. We will not change that attitude even though the government has changed,” he said, adding that Myanmar could rely on China for its development. Suu Kyi was acting in her capacity as foreign minister among her multiple government and party roles.

On being asked by media about the National League for Democracy ’s campaign promise to disclose to the public the contract for the Myitsone hydropower project, which was suspended by U Thein Sein’s government in 2011, she denied any discussions on the project.

“The Chinese foreign minister came to congratulate our new government. There was a mention of their projects but we did not discuss anything at all,” myanmar times quoted her as saying. “I have not even read the contract, so it is difficult to show it to the people. We did not discuss anything particular in detail,” she added.

Chinese foreign minister Wang expressed his enthusiasm over improving economic relations through investment projects to help the country and people. Suu Kyi stressed that Myanmar’s foreign policy was to have friendly relations with all countries, and she was aware of the importance of bilateral ties with China.

Meanwhile, Wang is scheduled to meet President U Htin Kyaw , as well as other senior government officials before returning to Beijing today.