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China envoy in Myanmar for border peace talks

By Global Times-Xinhua Source:Global Times Published: 2013-1-21 0:48:01

Myanmar President U Thein Sein met with visiting Special Envoy of the Chinese Government Fu Ying Saturday in Yangon.

The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the further deepening of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

They also reached consensus on safeguarding peace and stability in the border areas of the two countries.

A bomb from Myanmar landed inside China on Tuesday afternoon, as fighting continues between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army. The bomb did not result in casualties.

This was the fourth bomb that dropped inside China, following three others on the evening of December 30.

"If the conflicts exacerbate, there might be lots of refugees coming to China and China's national security will be compromised. So there should be effective communications between China and Myanmar," said Su Hao, director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center at the China Foreign Affairs University.

This visit comes on the heels of a visit by Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso in early January.

"Abe intends to reduce China's influence in Myanmar. But it is critical for Myanmar to keep a steady relationship with China if it wants to maintain stability," Su said, adding that Fu may have talked about making preparation for the future communication of higher-level officials, as Myanmar's democratization and contacts with Western countries have in some degree affected its ties with China. "Myanmar's engagement with Western countries shouldn't be built on damaging China's interests," he noted.

Global Times - Xinhua

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