China for strengthening of military cooperation with Myanmar

China sought firming up of the military cooperation with its close ally Myanmar, whose top leader Gen Than Shwe held talks with President Hu Jintao on issues like defence and infrastructure development.

Beijing: China on Wednesday sought firming up of the
military cooperation with its close ally Myanmar, whose top
leader Gen Than Shwe today held talks with President Hu Jintao
here on issues like defence and infrastructure development.

"This year marks the 60th anniversary of China-Myanmar
relations. Your visit comes at a very special moment. This
shows that you pay a lot of attention to improving bilateral
relations," Hu said welcoming the Myanmar military ruler.

"I believe your visit will further promote bilateral
relations and mutual cooperation between the neighbours," Hu
said.

Thanking Hu for the ceremonial welcome, Gen Than, who
recently visited India too, said "the main purpose of my visit
to China this time is to further promote the already existing
neighbourly friendship, mutual cooperation and trust between
the two countries."

The two leaders also discussed ways to strengthen
bilateral relations in the fields of defence and
infrastructure development projects in Myanmar.

Earlier, Chen Bingde, chief of the general staff of the
People`s Liberation Army, called on Gen Than and sought
firming up of the military cooperation between the two
countries, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

China has already extended its backing for Gen Than`s
plans to hold elections and called on the international
community to support him.

"We hope the international community can provide
constructive help to the upcoming election and refrain from
making any negative impact on the domestic political process
and the regional peace and stability," Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told the media here yesterday.

Gen Than`s visit here comes three months after Chinese
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao`s trip to Myanmar during which the
two sides signed 15 agreements relating to establishment of
pipelines for natural gas, hydropower station and development
assistance.

According to official media reports here, China has made
about USD 8.17 billion worth of investment in Myanmar in the
recent years.

PTI

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