China and Myanmar on Friday signed a host of deals ranging from trade and agriculture to energy cooperation as the two Asian neighbors vowed to elevate their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership amid reaffirmed friendship.
The passport-check at Yangon International Airport told an interesting story. Two men in front of me, in the "Diplomats and Officials" line were dressed in what is often described in the fashion pages as smart-casual. They carried US diplomatic passports. In front of them stood two men, attired in black suits. They spoke in Japanese.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will attend a series of leaders' meeting on East Asia cooperation from Wednesday to Friday in Myanmar and pay a visit to the country, in a tour expected to open a new chapter in the development of China-ASEAN relations.
China's diplomacy toward its neighboring countries would contribute to the steady growth of the region's bilateral and multi-lateral ties of cooperation, said Myanmar presidential spokesman U Ye Htut in a recent interview with Xinhua.
Myanmar President U Thein Sein pledged on Saturday to push forward projects backed by Chinese investors and protect their interests, signaling progress is being made after several major investments had been shelved.
Ruili, a town in Southwest China's Yunnan province bordering Myanmar, has become a trade hub driving the region's economy. Trade between the two countries covers a variety of products, including jade.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Saturday that he expects his upcoming visit to Myanmar can further strengthen the political mutual trust and push forward cooperation on major connectivity projects.
China and Myanmar will promote cooperation in connectivity, agriculture, port, power and finance during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to the country, said Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin on Thursday.