Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2016. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping on Friday pledged to promote the China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and bring more tangible benefits to the people of both countries.
Xi made the remarks during a meeting with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who began a five-day official visit to China on Wednesday.
Xi welcomed Suu Kyi's visit and praised her efforts to advance the China-Myanmar friendship, saying that China stands ready to work with Myanmar to ensure the two peoples will always be good neighbors, friends, brothers and partners.
He pointed out that China will support Myanmar's choice of development path and its efforts to safeguard national stability, promote economic growth, and maintain social harmony.
In order to develop bilateral ties, the Chinese president called on the two sides to strengthen political guidance.
"China stands ready to maintain high-level contact and people-to-people exchanges with Myanmar as well as enhance communication and mutual trust," Xi said.
The two countries should also integrate their development strategies, he said, adding that China appreciates Myanmar's support for the Belt and Road Initiative.
China is willing to promote connectivity projects with Myanmar and boost bilateral cooperation in major areas such as energy and finance, he said, highlighting the importance of smooth operation of ongoing large-scale projects.
Xi called for more attention to cooperation in the areas of agriculture, water conservation, education, and healthcare.
"China will continue to play a constructive role in promoting Myanmar's peace process, and make joint efforts with Myanmar to safeguard peace and stability along the border between the two nations," he said.
Echoing Xi's remarks, Suu Kyi said Myanmar values the deep "pauk phaw" ("fraternal" in the Myanmar language) friendship between the two countries, and thanked China for its support for Myanmar's economic and social development.
Myanmar is ready to maintain close high-level exchanges, strengthen the friendship between the two peoples, and enhance mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, she said.
She pledged that Myanmar will work with China to safeguard stability along the border, and will not allow anything that could affect amicable ties with its neighbors.
The National League for Democracy of Myanmar and the Communist Party of China, the ruling parties of Myanmar and China, represent the people's interests, she said, calling for more contact between the two parties.