General Xu Qiliang (front, left, second), vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), reviews the guard of honor of the Myanmar Defense Services in the company of Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Defense Services, in Naypyitaw on September 6, 2016. (mod.gov.cn/ Wang Weidong)
NAYPYITAW, Sept. 7 (ChinaMil) -- General Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), held talks with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Defense Services, in Naypyitaw, capital of Myanmar, on September 6, local time.
Gen. Xu Qiliang expressed that with the profound "Paukphaw" friendship (a long-lasting friendship between the Chinese and Burmese people), China and Myanmar have achieved considerable development in various fields including politics, economics, trade and humanities in recent years.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counselor, paid a successful visit to China last month, during which she and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached important consensuses on strengthening political guidance, complying with development strategies and enhancing friendship, pointing out directions for healthy and stable development of the two countries' relations from a new starting point, Gen. Xu added.
For a long time, the two militaries of China and Myanmar have been maintaining frank communication, mutual support and close cooperation under the spirit of "Paukphaw" friendship, thus positive contributions to the development of friendly relations between the two countries are being made, General Xu mentioned.
The Chinese military is willing to work with the Myanmar military to further strengthen strategic communication and push forward pragmatic cooperation in various fields including reciprocal group visits, personnel training as well as joint training and exercises, so as to constantly enrich the connotation of the China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic partnership, Gen. Xu continued.
China supports the constant efforts of the Myanmar government and military to achieve Myanmar’s national reconciliation and domestic peace as soon as possible through peaceful negotiation, General Xu stressed.
Gen. Xu also added that China and Myanmar should strengthen cooperation to ensure the peace and stability in the border areas of the two countries.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Defense Services, expressed that Myanmar and China are amicable neighbors, and the peoples of the two countries have been maintaining very close relations since ancient times.
Min Aung Hlaing said that after the establishment of China-Myanmar diplomatic ties in the year of 1950, the two countries have been sticking to the stance of mutual respect and mutual support.
The two militaries of Myanmar and China have been maintaining the good cooperation in various fields such as high-level visits, personnel training as well as equipment and technology, Min Aung Hlaing continued.
The Myanmar military appreciates the long-term support and assistance offered by the Chinese military and is willing to further consolidate and develop the friendly relations between the two militaries, expand and deepen pragmatic cooperation, and promote the border security and stability, Min Aung Hlaing added.
Before the talks, Min Aung Hlaing held a welcoming ceremony for Gen. Xu Qiliang and accompanied him to review the guard of honor of the three services of the Myanmar Defense Services.
Also present at the meeting were Hong Liang, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar, and General Xu Fenlin, deputy chief of the CMC Joint Staff Department, Lieutenant General Liu Sheng, deputy director of the Armaments Development Department, and Lieutenant General Zhu Shengling, political commissar of the CMC National Defense Mobilization Department, as well as Lieutenant General Liu Zhenli, chief of staff of the PLA Army.
General Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of China’s CMC, and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Defense Services, pose for a group photo before their meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, September 6, 2016. (mod.gov.cn/ Wang Weidong)