China and Myanmar should continuously expand the common interest and deepen their Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Partnership, Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi has said.
During his meeting with Myanmar President U Then Sein in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw on June 24, Yang stressed that the two countries should firmly grasp the correct direction of their bilateral ties from a strategic and long-term point of view and implement the agreements reached by the two countries’ leaders.
Yang affirmed that China respects Myanmar’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and supports its pursuit of a path of social stability, economic development and livelihood improvement.
Speaking of Myanmar’s national reconciliation process, the Chinese state councillor expressed his hope that Myanmar’s Government and the Kachin side will maintain peace talks and reach a ceasefire agreement as soon as possible to realise eternal peace and stability in the north and the China-Myanmar border areas. China will continue to play a constructive role in this process, he added.
He also underscored the strengthening of coordination in regional cooperation, saying that next year, Myanmar, as the rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)s will boost the development of China-ASEAN ties.
For his part, President U Thein Sein said Myanmar wants to jointly implement the Action Plan of Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Partnership and strengthen neighbourly and friendly cooperation.
The Myanmar President pledged to create favourable investment conditions for the two countries’ cooperation projects as well as continue efforts to reach peace in the country’s northern region as well as the two countries’ shared border areas.
During his visit, the Chinese State Councillor also met with Myanmar Vice President Y Nyan Tun and Speaker of the Lower House U Shwe Mann. The two sides signed an Action Plan for the China-Myanmar Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Partnership.