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Agreements inked with Myanmar
(China Daily)
Updated: 2004-07-13 01:18

China and Myanmar Monday signed 11 documents on economic and technological co-operation, witnessed by Premier Wen Jiabao and Myanmar Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt.

The agreements are mostly concerned with trade, energy, mineral exploration, telecommunications and other industrial fields, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

Premier Wen Jiabao (left) welcomes Myanmar Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt along with an honour guard Monday in Beijing. [newsphoto]

Wen and Nyunt held talks before the signing ceremonies.

With China and Myanmar enjoying longstanding "paukphaw" (fraternal) friendship, Wen said China is willing to expand co-operation in all sectors.

Bilateral exchanges are necessary in today's world as the international situation gets more complex and unstable, the premier said.

Wen highly praised co-operation along the border against narcotics traffickers and expressed hopes that both sides will enhance their efforts and build up border control co-ordination mechanisms to further check cross-border crime.

Wen promised that China will continue its economic assistance to Myanmar, and said the eventual goal is to raise Myanmar's capabilities for self-development.

He suggested that both sides expand their trade, and choose and implement priority projects.

Nyunt agreed with Wen on strengthening co-operation and expressed his hopes that both countries can move forward jointly in economic development and trade.

Wen also stressed what occurs in Myanmar is internal affairs of Myanmar and should be settled by the Myanmar Government and people. But he said China hopes Myanmar can make efforts in speeding up political settlements of existing disputes and move toward democratic progress so as to enhance stability and peaceful development.

Nyunt said his government will continue to promote the road map for democratic progress and to achieve national unity and political stability.

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