11 Dec China, Myanmar vow to boost strategic cooperation: report

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Nay Pyi Taw, Mizzima

China and Myanmar have vowed to strengthen comprehensive strategic cooperation, China’s state-run Xinhua newsagency has reported.

The agreement came during a meeting between Chinese Vice Premier Ms Liu Yandong and Vice President U Nyan Tun at a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on December 11, Xinhua said on its website.

It quoted Ms Liu as saying that China and Myanmar enjoyed a deep “phaukphaw” [fraternal] friendship and that the long-term steady development of bilateral ties was in the fundamental interest of both countries.

She stressed that the Chinese side would earnestly implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, reconcile each other's development strategies and join hands with Myanmar in pushing ahead with mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas, Xinhua said.

Ms Liu added that the two peoples' understanding and support were indispensable to the long-term steady development of China-Myanmar ties.

She expressed China's wishes to make joint efforts to continue exchange and cooperation in education, health, culture, sport, information, film and television and religious affairs, to bring the cultural exchange a step forward and consolidate the foundation of public support for the long-tern development of bilateral ties.

Xinhua quoted U Nyan Tun as saying that Myanmar was committed to promoting a comprehensive bilateral strategic cooperative partnership and had endorsed China’s ideas and proposals on boosting cooperation.

U Nyan Tun said the development of friendly and neighborly ties with China was also one of the most important elements of Myanmar's foreign policy, the newsagency reported.

It quoted him as saying that both sides understand and support each other's domestic reform process, which has laid an important foundation to develop friendly cooperation in the new era.

After the meeting, Ms Lui and U Nyan Tun witnessed the signing of an agreement on bilateral economic and technology cooperation and the exchange of notes on some projects, Xinhua said.

Ms Lui, who was in Myanmar for a two-day visit at the invitation of U Nyan Tun, later on December 11 attended the opening ceremony of the SEA Games.

U Nyan Tun thanked China for providing technical assistance for the event, Xinhua reported.