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Chinese president holds talks with Myanmar's top leader on deepening ties

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) holds a welcoming ceremony for Than Shwe, chairman of Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 8, 2010. (Photo Source:Xinhua)

BEIJING, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- China and Myanmar agreed on Wednesday to took the opportunity of the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties to consolidate traditional friendship and enhance cooperation in key areas including energy and infrastructure building.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Myanmar's top leader Than Shwe reached the agreement in their one-hour-long talks in the Great Hall of the People.

After a red-carpet welcome ceremony for Than Shwe, chairman of Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council, Hu told him China highly valued its relations with the country, and it was an unswerving policy of China to solidify and develop good-neighborly cooperation with Myanmar.

"The policy will remain unchanged regardless of changes of international situation," he added.

Hu said that with the meticulous care of leaders of the elder generations of both sides, China-Myanmar relations had withstood the tests of the ever-changing world since the establishment of diplomatic ties 60 years ago.

"Our bilateral relations have seen consolidation and growth ever since, and has set an example for friendly relations between countries with different social systems," said the Chinese president.

Hailing the profound friendship between the two countries, Than Shwe said the two countries supported and understood each other over the years, citing enhanced friendship and trust, frequent high-level visits and rapid growth of win-win cooperation in various areas.

China has stuck to a peaceful development road, said the Myanmar top leader, adding China's stance on major issues such as climate change fully reflected the interests and concerns of vast developing countries.

He also reiterated his government's adherence to the one-China policy.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of China-Myanmar diplomatic ties. The two leaders agreed to take the chance to facilitate closer exchanges and cooperation in various areas.

Hu proposed to keep regular contact between the two countries' leaders through visits and meetings on multilateral occasions, in a bid to maintain timely communication on bilateral ties and major issues of common concern.

He also said it was important to maintain the consistency of China-Myanmar good-neighborly policies, step up efforts in formulating bilateral economic cooperation program to guide and facilitate win-win trade cooperation.

"China is willing to increase imports from Myanmar," he said, adding the Chinese market welcomes more investment from Myanmar enterprises.

The two countries share a border line of over 2,200 kilometers. Hu called on both sides to jointly safeguard peace and stability of the frontier and boost economic and social development of the border areas.

"China respects sovereignty and territorial integrity of Myanmar, understands and supports the Myanmar government's efforts for national reconciliation," Hu said.

He vowed to enhance cooperation with the country in border management, intensify efforts to jointly combat cross-border crimes for sound production and life order of the border regions.

Than Shwe agreed with Hu's proposals, saying it was of vital importance for both countries to maintain peace and stability of the border areas. He pledged joint efforts with China to this end.

Than Shwe arrived in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon to start his five-day state visit to China. China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao will meet with him on Thursday.

Besides Beijing, Than Shwe will also visit the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the economic hub of Shenzhen in Guangdong province.

 

 
Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for Than Shwe, chairman of Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 8, 2010. (Photo Source:Xinhua)

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