China opened an interim diplomatic liaison office on September 8 at the Grand Ace Villa in Nay Pyi Taw in preparation for moving its embassy from Yangon.
Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kyaw Tin said: “It is not intended to open the liaison office and the embassy in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw at the same time. They want to be able to make contact with government officials in Nay Pyi Taw during the construction period of the new embassy building.”
The ministry was urging foreign governments to open their embassies in Nay Pyi Taw with other countries expected to follow China's example, he said.
“We will lease land for embassies in the capital. If they cannot promise to open their embassies in Nay Pyi Taw, we will not let them open a consulate here,” he said.
The government said United States had promised to move its embassy to Nay Pyi Taw, Bangladesh had bought land for an embassy in the capital and talks were underway with Brunei to make the move away from Yangon.