Aung San Suu Kyi meets Chinese president in first China visit

2015-06-11 12:04
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi addressing supporters during a rally at Mawlamyaing, Mon State. (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi addressing supporters during a rally at Mawlamyaing, Mon State. (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

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Beijing - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with China's president on the second day of an official trip to China on Thursday, with few details emerging about the meeting.

Suu Kyi met Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday, the state-run Xinhua news agency said on its Twitter account, without providing further details.

She met late Wednesday with Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee, and "exchanged views on relations between the two parties," according to Xinhua.

The meetings between China's Communist Party and Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy indicate that Beijing "stands ready to engage with any political parties as long as they are willing to promote the sound development of relations with China," Xinhua said.

China's Foreign Ministry said earlier that other party and state leaders of China would meet Suu Kyi's delegation, without providing details of her itinerary.

Suu Kyi's first official visit to China will run until Sunday. It comes months ahead of national elections in Myanmar, and at a time of increased tension with the formerly isolated nation's largest trading partner.

Fighting between the local ethnic Kokang rebels and government troops in north-eastern Myanmar's Shan State has spilled over into China in recent months, with several Chinese civilians in Yunnan province killed.

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