Chinese special envoy meets with Northern Alliance in Kunming, China

Writer: 
Zarli Myint Oo

 

Sun Guoxiang, Special Envoy for Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, met with Northern Alliance members on March 14.

Representatives of the Arakan Army (AA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Ta’aung National Liberation Army (TNLA), and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) met for the third time at the World Trade Center in Kunming, the People’s Republic of China.

The Chinese special envoy and the Northern Alliance discussed ongoing military conflicts, the current political situation, the Union Peace Conference, also known as 21st Century Panglong Conference, the nationwide ceasefire agreement, recently-held Pangkham’s third ethnic summit and other issues.

Sun Guoxiang met with Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor at her office in Nay Pyi Taw on March 1.

They exchanged views on the progress of Myanmar’s peace process and also met with Myanmar’s military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

Sun Guoxiang has held frequent meetings with ethnic armed groups bordering China and has had discussions with them and attended peace talks as an observer.

Sun Guoxiang held a meeting with the Northern Alliance comprising ethnic armed groups in Kunming, the People’s Republic of China on February 19.

The Chinese special envoy also met with the Karen Nation Unity (KNU) and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), the signatories to the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in Kunming, the PRC on February 13.

He also met with the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) comprising the NCA non-signatories in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on February 26. 

 

Translated by Win Htut