MYANMAR PRESIDENT SAYS WILLING TO WORK WITH CHINA TO EXPEDITE BELT AND ROAD DEVELOPMENT

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar — Myanmar stands ready to join hands with China to speed up the development of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw has said, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

Proposed by China in 2013, the initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aiming at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road.

U Htin Kyaw, while meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Sunday, said the initiative has vigorously pushed forward international cooperation and promoted the common development of countries.

The Myanmar president said Myanmar also appreciates the proposal of building a China-Myanmar economic corridor and intends to actively integrate with the Chinese side over the project.

On the Rakhine state issue, Htin Kyaw appreciated the Chinese stand and said Myanmar is willing to negotiate with Bangladesh to solve the problem according to China’s three-phase solution proposal.

For his part, Wang said China and Myanmar have been friendly neighbours for decades and became comprehensive strategic cooperative partners since the start of the new century.

In the future, the two countries will build a community with shared destiny together.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK