Saturday, September 10, 2016

China Wants Closer Military Ties With Myanmar

Visiting Vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang (5th L) meets with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi(6th L) in Yangon, Myanmar, Sept. 9, 2016. (Xinhua/U Aung)

Reuters: China eyes closer military ties with Myanmar

China's military wants to strengthen ties with neighboring Myanmar by having more exchanges and greater cooperation, a top officer told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the Southeast Asian country, state media said on Saturday.

China has been on a diplomatic offensive ever since the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's government came to power in April, aiming to forge good ties with its resource-rich neighbor.

Last month Suu Kyi visited China, where President Xi Jinping told her he wanted to ensure the "correct direction" of relations.

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Update: China to enhance military ties with Myanmar: senior military official (Xinhuanet).

WNU Editor: The big complication in developing such a relationship is China's support of some of the rebel groups in Myanmar .... China Opts for Closer Military Cooperation with Myanmar despite Supporting Rebel Groups (China Topix).

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