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Chinese, Myanmar military leaders hold talks in Nay Pyi Taw

Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, held talks with Commander-in- Chief of the Myanmar Defense Service General Min Aung Hlaing here Thursday shortly after Xu's arrival in Myanmar's new capital of Nay Pyi Taw.

Xu said China and Myanmar have long closely exchanged and lived on good term, having forged deep paukphaw (fraternal) friendship and stood the test.

He said Chinese President Hu Jintao highly attached importance to the deepening of the two countries' friendly and cooperative ties and have for many occasions met and discussed with Myanmar leaders, reaching common consent on consolidation of such ties.

At present, the exchange and cooperation between the two countries in various sectors continuously deepened and have made rich achievements, he said, adding that the Chinese side highly appreciated the development of the two countries' friendly and cooperative ties under the new situation. "My present visit is to further enhance the China-Myanmar traditional friendship, boost understanding, expand consent, deepen cooperation, push the friendly and cooperative ties between the two countries and the two armed forces ahead and strive for the maintenance of regional peace and stability," he said.

Xu said that for a long time the two armed forces have maintained friendly exchange and launched outstanding practical achievements in reciprocal visits at high level, training of military personnel, border personnel exchange, not only boosting respective defense and armed forces construction but also making new contribution to the all-sided development of the two countries ' relations.

Xu made a three-point proposal for the development of the two armed forces -- 1. enhancement of mutual trust strategically and consolidation of the friendly overall situation. 2. Strengthening of link and coordination and safeguarding of the two countries' common benefit and 3. Pushing forward of practical cooperation and exchange and deepening of the two armed forces' friendly ties.

During the talks, Myanmar military leader General Min Aung Hlaing welcomed Xu, who is the first foreign military leader to visit Myanmar after the formation of the new government, saying that it is bound to further the two countries' "paukphaw" friendship as well as the traditional friendship existing between the peoples of two countries and the two armed forces.

He agreed with Xu's three-point proposals, saying that the development of the two countries relations meets new opportunity under the new historical era, hoping that the existing close relations and exchange should be maintained to well safeguard the peace and stability of the two countries and the region and continue to boost the relations between the two countries and the two armed forces to a new level.

Min Aung Hlaing reiterated Myanmar's stance to stick to the One China policy and support China's stances on the issues of Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang.

The two side exchanged views on the international and regional peace and security, and informed each other's development of their armed forces.

Xu arrived here Thursday for a goodwill visit to Myanmar at the invitation of General Min Aung Hlaing.

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