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Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 21:22

China, Myanmar vow to safeguard border stability

By Xinhua

China, Myanmar vow to safeguard border stability
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left ) meets with Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar's armed forces Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on April 6, 2016. (Xinhua/U Aung)

NAY PYI TAW - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday that China is ready to jointly safeguard the peace and stability with Myanmar along their borders.

When meeting with Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar's armed forces Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, Wang said military exchanges constitute an important part of the brotherly friendship between China and Myanmar.

The two armies should carry on their friendly tradition, which he said is in the fundamental and long-term interests of the two countries.

"China supports Myanmar in its efforts to achieve peace through negotiations in northern Myanmar as early as possible," said the Chinese minister. "China is ready to jointly safeguard peace and stability in their border areas."

For his part, Min Aung Hlaing said Wang's visit, the first of a foreign minister to the country after the new government took office, demonstrated the strong willingness of China to further promote its cooperation with Myanmar.

Myanmar has always appreciated the support and help provided by China at hard times, he added.

The general said the Myanmar military is committed to pursuing a friendly policy toward China.

He hoped the two countries would continue to trust, support and help each other as "good neighbors and friends."

On the same day, Wang also met with Myanmar President Htin Kyaw and Tin Naing Thein, general secretary of the Union Solidarity and Development Party.

While meeting with Htin Kyaw, Wang conveyed him the greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"Myanmar has achieved the smooth transfer of the government and the Chinese leadership entrusted me with visiting this country at the first moment, highlighting the importance China attaches to the new government of Myanmar."

China hopes and believes that Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy will sincerely cooperate and join hands with all parties to open up a new future for the country, the Chinese foreign minister said.

Wang arrived here Tuesday for a two-day visit after the new Myanmar government led by President Htin Kyaw was sworn in on March 30. He met with his Myanmar counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday.

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