Xi Jinping & Aung San Suu Kyi hold talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi have agreed to strengthen bilateral ties.

The two met in Beijing on Friday amid an international outcry over Myanmar’s treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims.

Their meeting came on the sidelines of a conference of political parties hosted by the Chinese Communist Party.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency says Xi offered to actively consider building an economic corridor linking the 2 countries.

The project is thought to be part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative to build a massive economic zone bridging Asia and Europe.
Xi is quoted as saying that he hopes to rapidly develop friendly bilateral relations. Aung San Suu Kyi, who serves as Myanmar’s State Counselor, reportedly said she expects the 2 countries to grow closer.

Xinhua did not say whether the Rohingya issue was discussed at the meeting.

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