Suu Kyi to visit China and Europe

Writer: 
Nyein Ko
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Beijing last August (Photo-AFP)

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will visit China and Europe during May, said Zaw Htay, director general of the Office of the State Counsellor.

She would attend “One Belt, One Road” summit in China with more details of her European visit to come, he said.

The Silk Road Economic Belt is an economic project potentially connecting Asia and Europe with China. Leaders from 20 countries, including Russia, Britain and India, are due to attend.

Suu Kyi paid a five-day visit to China in August last year and met Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang to strengthen bilateral relations, to have mutual respect, trust, equality and benefit. She said Myanmar welcomed China's Belt and Road Initiative and the Bangladesh–China–India–Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation (BCIM).

She signed agreements on cooperation between economic and technical sectors and on the possibility of building a Kunlon bridge aided by the Chinese government.

President Htin Kyaw is currently visiting China.

In London last year she met 12 Myanmar ambassadors from European, West Asian and African countries.

She met British Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow in London.

Translated by Aung Kyaw Kyaw