NAY PYI TAW, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping put forward a four-point proposal to upgrade relations with Myanmar during talks with Vice-Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of Myanmar Maung Aye on Sunday.
The proposal includes maintaining high-level contact, deepening reciprocal cooperation, safeguarding peace and prosperity of the border area, and strengthening coordination on international and regional affairs.
As good neighbors, China and Myanmar have advocated the five principles of peaceful co-existence, Xi said.
The recent years have witnessed closer exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in various fields, which has brought tangible benefits to their peoples, he said.
Xi expressed appreciation for Myanmar's support on issues concerning China's core interests such as Taiwan and Tibet.
Stressing that China has always valued relations with Myanmar, Xi said China would like to work with Myanmar to expand their ties as the year 2010 marks the 60th anniversary of Sino-Myanmar ties. He said China would continue to provide aids to Myanmar.
Xi said China is happy to see Myanmar moving towards democracy and national reconciliation, and is confident that the Myanmar government would realize its political targets and achieve national stability and growth.
Maung Aye said Myanmar was among the first countries to have recognized the People's Republic of China when it was founded in 1949, and the two sides have always supported and respected each other. He expressed gratitude for China's long-term assistance and aid to Myanmar.
He said Myanmar hopes to take the chance of the 60th anniversary of the China-Myanmar ties to push forward their high-level exchanges and substantial cooperation.
After the talks, the two leaders attended a signing ceremony for cooperative deals covering trade, finance and electricity.