Press Release ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw )


 Press Release

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China, President U Thein Sein of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar paid a state visit to China from 5 to 7, April, 2013. The President of Myanmar also attended Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013 in Hainan Province.
During the visit, President Xi Jinping held talks with President U Thein Sein in a cordial and friendly atmosphere. The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views and reached a broad consensus on relations between the two countries as well as regional and international issues of common interest.
1. The two sides agreed that China and Myanmar enjoy longstanding and profound Paukphaw friendship. Over the past 63 years after establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, the bilateral relations have developed on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, which have brought tangible benefits to the two peoples. Since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Myanmar in 2011, both sides have endeavored to push forward friendly exchanges and cooperation in various fields, which has promoted stability and development in both countries and has made positive contribution to regional peace and development.
2. The two sides agreed that the world today is moving towards multi-polarity and economic globalization, and the trend of this era is the pursuit of peace, development and cooperation, which is in line with the common aspiration of countries and peoples in this region. Under the new circumstances, China and Myanmar should enhance strategic mutual trust, and conduct win-win cooperation for common development. This will lay a solid foundation for advancing the fundamental interests of the two peoples and for achieving lasting stability and prosperity of the region. Therefore, the two sides reached the following agreement:
A. The two sides will maintain the tradition of high-level visits. Leaders of both countries will keep frequent contacts through mutual visits and meetings on multilateral occasions, and exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues in a timely manner, so as to enhance strategic communication and take China-Myanmar relations forward in the right direction.
B. The two sides will strengthen the planning and policy guidance for the bilateral relations and steadily promote all-round cooperation. The two countries will enhance their friendly exchanges and cooperation in all areas, including parliaments, government, political parties, militaries and law-enforcement departments and on governance matters. This will further enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Myanmar
C. The two sides will promote sustainable development of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries on the basis of mutual benefit and win-win results, properly address problems that may occur, and move forward the implementation of major cooperation projects, to benefit the two peoples and common development of the two countries.
D. The two sides will conduct various kinds of cultural exchanges, expand people-to-people ties to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, and facilitate friendly exchanges and cooperation in the fields of media, non-government organizations, education and health. China will support Myanmar in hosting the 27th Southeast Asian Games.
E. The two sides will continue to strengthen coordination and cooperation within the multilateral frameworks of 10+1, 10+3, EAS, GMS and UN, safeguard common interests of developing countries, and promote peace, stability and development of the region.
3. China reiterates its respect for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Myanmar and its support for the government of Myanmar in its efforts to maintain national unity and ethnic harmony. The two sides will continue to strengthen border management cooperation, and safeguard peace and stability in border areas.
4. China supports Myanmar in independently pursuing its domestic reform and chooses the development path in line with its national conditions through maintaining stability. Myanmar reiterates its firm commitment to the one China policy, under which it recognizes that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. Myanmar will continue to support the peaceful development of cross-straits relations and China's cause of peaceful reunification.
5. On behalf of the government and people of Myanmar, President U Thein Sein expressed appreciation for the warm hospitality extended by the Chinese government and people, and invited President Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar. President Xi Jinping responded with thanks, and expressed his willingness to visit Myanmar at a mutually convenient time.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nay Pyi Taw
Dated: 11 April 2013


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