China, Myanmar vow closer ties as Suu Kyi visits Beijing

2016-08-20 19:07
Aung San Suu Kyi (File, Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

Aung San Suu Kyi (File, Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

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Beijing — China and Myanmar said on Saturday that they have pledged to forge closer ties as "blood brothers," as Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi got set to wrap up a visit to Beijing, her first diplomatic trip since taking power in March.

The neighbouring countries also said in a joint statement that they would strengthen trade and cooperation on issues along the border, where fighting between Myanmar government forces and rebels have occasionally spilled over. There was no mention of progress, however, on a stalled $3.6bn dam project in northern Myanmar primarily funded by Chinese energy interests, which was a key concern during the visit.

China has been on a diplomatic charm offensive in the past year toward its fast-growing neighbour, while Myanmar under Suu Kyi has shown a willingness to embrace its top trading partner and major investor.

The five-day visit, concluding on Sunday, is the second trip to China within 15 months for Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned for more than a decade by Myanmar's former Beijing-backed military junta.

Suu Kyi has indicated that she will seek more balanced relations with China and the United States compared to Myanmar's previous government, headed by President Thein Sein, who initiated political reforms and built ties with Washington.

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