Wed 20 Mar 2013
Filed under: News,Regional
President Thein Sein will visit China next month to meet newly elected Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to Wang Yingfan, a Chinese official responsible for relations with Myanmar.
Thein Sein will discuss commercial issues including the controversial Letpadaungtaung copper mine project in Sagaing Region, Wang Yingfan said during a recent visit to Yangon.
The Asian Affairs Special Representative for China made the comments during a meeting with political and civic groups here. President Thein Sein’s office, however, declined to deny or confirm the trip, saying it only announces overseas visits shortly before they occurred.
Wang Yingfan said that strong bilateral ties between the two countries would not be affected by Myanmar’s improved relations with Western nations.
Thein Sein visited Australia earlier this week and met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who later announced the easing of some sanctions against Myanmar. She also announced that a defense attaché would be appointed to the Australian embassy here.
Since he took office in 2011, Thein Sein has visited China twice: in May 2011 and last September.