World Neighbours 20 Aug 2016 'Blood brothers ...

'Blood brothers' China, Myanmar to forge closer ties after Suu Kyi's Beijing visit

AP
Published Aug 20, 2016, 4:13 pm IST
Updated Aug 20, 2016, 4:21 pm IST
China has been on a diplomatic charm offensive in the past year toward its fast-growing neighbour.
Myanmar under Suu Kyi has shown willingness to embrace its top trading partner and major investor. (Photo: AP)
 Myanmar under Suu Kyi has shown willingness to embrace its top trading partner and major investor. (Photo: AP)

Beijing: China and Myanmar have pledged to forge closer ties as "blood brothers" following Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to Beijing, her first diplomatic trip since taking power in March.

The neighbours said in a joint statement they would strengthen trade and co-operation on issues along the border, where fighting between Myanmar government forces and rebels have occasionally spilled over.

 

There was no mention of progress, however, on a stalled $3.6 billion dam project in northern Myanmar primarily funded by Chinese energy interests, which was a key concern during the visit.

China has been on a diplomatic charm offensive in the past year toward its fast-growing neighbour, while Myanmar under Suu Kyi has shown willingness to embrace its top trading partner and major investor.

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