Kyaw Zin Win
An army delegation led by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing left Nay Pyi Taw airport for China on November 22 at the invitation of Member of the Central Military Commission and Chief of the Joint Staff Department General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Republic of China.
This isaccording to an announcement from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services.
The delegation was seen off at the airport by Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Khin Aung Myint, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), the commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang and officials.
The Senior General was accompanied by senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army). During the trip, they will meet with leaders of Chinese government and chiefs from the People’s Liberation Army, and visit military training schools, factories and significant places in China.
The Senior General also met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is visiting Myanmar to attend 13th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM), at Zayar Thri Parlour, Nay Pyi Taw on November 19.
Both sides cordially exchanged views on needs to disseminate true situations in incidents of Rakhine State to the international community, China’s plan to provide assistance for carrying out tasks of peace and stability and development in Myanmar, and further promotion of friendly ties between the two countries by strengthening relations between the two armed forces.
China assigned Sun Guoxiang, Chinese Special Envoy for Asian affairs, to negotiate between the Myanmar government and Northern Alliance including United Wa State Party (UWSP) in peace and political affairs.
A delegation led by Union Minister Lt-General Ye Aung went to Wa and Mongla areas from November 10 to 12 to meet Wa and Mongla ethnic armed groups. Although the photos showed Sun Guoxiang was in Wa area, it is unknown whether he was included in the discussions or not.
Although the government representative from peace commission urged the UWSP to sign the national ceasefire agreement (NCA), the UWSP said on November 14 that they will continue to carry out the political dialogues set by the Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC).
The FPNCC handed a ceasefire treaty similar to the NCA to the government and the government and army didn’t recognise them.
The Senior General visited China in October 2016 at the invitation of General Fang Fenghui, Chief of Joint Staff of People Liberation Army.