YANGON, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao left Yangon for Beijing on Thursday after concluding a two-day visit to Myanmar, the last leg of his four-nation Asian tour.
MEETING MYANMAR COUNTERPART
During talks with his Myanmar counterpart U Thein Sein in the capital city of Naypyitaw, Wen and Thein Sein agreed to further promote relations and cooperation between the two countries.
Noting that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Myanmar diplomatic ties, Wen told his host that he came to Myanmar with Chinese people's profound feelings of friendship for the Myanmar people and their strong aspiration for closer bilateral ties.
During the past 60 years, China and Myanmar have both upheld and followed the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, achieving far-reaching progress in bilateral ties and also creating an exemplar of cooperation between nations with different social institutions, said Wen, the first Chinese premier to visit Myanmar in 16 years.
Wen added that China respects the path of development the Myanmar government and people have selected in line with their country's conditions, and appreciates the valuable support Myanmar has long offered on issues concerning China's core interests.
Wen stressed that China is ready to join hands with Myanmar to deepen their friendship and expand cooperation, thus remain good neighbors, good friends and good partners for ever.
With their land bordering each other and their economies mutually complementary, China and Myanmar have enjoyed a grand prospect of mutually beneficial cooperation, said Wen, while recalling that thanks to their joint efforts, the two countries not only effectively withstood the impact of the global financial crisis but also brought their bilateral trade volume to a new high.
In the next phase, Wen said, both sides should make proper planning of key areas and projects for cooperation, speed up the interconnection of the two countries' infrastructure, and complete the agreed major cooperation projects in energy, transportation and other areas in a timely manner and with good quality.
The Chinese premier emphasized that China is willing to continue providing assistance to the best of China's ability for Myanmar's economic and social development.
For his part, Thein Sein said that Myanmar and China share common borders and the two peoples have long been friendly to each other.
Since diplomatic relations were established 60 years ago, the two countries have respected each other, treated each other on an equal footing and in friendly terms on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, he said.
He also noted that recent years have witnessed frequent exchanges of high-level visits and significant achievements in trade and other areas of bilateral cooperation.
Myanmar appreciates the understanding and support from China and adheres to the one-China policy, the prime minister said.
Thein Sein said that Myanmar highly appreciates China's development, places high values on its cooperation with China from a strategic perspective and promptly implements the key cooperation projects the two sides have agreed on.
He added that Myanmar will avail itself of the opportunity of the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties to join hands with China to promote their bilateral relations of good-neighborly cooperation to a new high.
The two leaders also agreed to make concerted efforts to maintain peace and stability along the common borders between the two countries and turn the borders into a bridge for friendly cooperation between the two countries.
Following their talks, the two leaders attended a signing ceremony for 15 documents on cooperation in natural gas, hydropower and other fields.
MEETING WITH SENIOR GENERAL THAN SHWE
During meeting with Senior General Than Shwe, chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Wen said the consensus and agreements China reached with Myanmar during his visit marked a step forward in the development of relations between the two countries.
Thanks to their joint efforts, relations between China and Myanmar have progressed steadily, and stood up to all tests and brought tangible benefits to the two peoples, Wen said.
During their meeting, Wen also conveyed best regards from Chinese President Hu Jintao to Than Shwe.
About his meeting with Myanmar Prime Minister U Thein Sein, Wen said they reached extensive consensus on further advancing bilateral ties, enhancing cooperation in various fields and jointly safeguarding peace and stability in border areas between two countries.
China values friendly and good-neighborly relations with Myanmar from a strategic perspective, he said.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties, China would like to join hands with Myanmar to lift bilateral ties to a new level, so as to benefit the two peoples and promote peace, stability and development in the region, he said.
On behalf of the Myanmar government and people, Than Shwe expressed warm welcome to Wen's visit and asked Wen to extends his regards to President Hu Jintao.
He said Myanmar and China are good neighbors, and that Wen's visit to Myanmar on the occasion of 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties shows that the Chinese government and people attach great importance to their ties with Myanmar.
He said he believed the visit will give great impetus to bilateral good-neighborly cooperation and and help ensure new progress in this regard.
Myanmar is willing to maintain high-level contacts with China, and carry out consultations at various levels to enhance mutual understanding and trust and boost mutually beneficial cooperation so that the two peoples will keep on friendly terms for all generations.
ATTENDING CELEBRATIONS MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC TIES
Wen and Thein Sein joined in celebrations of the 60th anniversary of China-Myanmar diplomatic ties in Naypyitaw.
Wen said in a speech that China and Myanmar as neighbors have had more than 1,000 years of friendly exchanges.
The two countries have supported each other in the struggle for national independence and emancipation and in the fight against foreign aggression, said Wen.
During the past 60 years, the China-Myanmar good-neighborly and friendly cooperation has stood the test of changes of international situation and thrived, Wen said.
Wen called on the two countries to cherish the friendly ties, saying that to further develop bilateral ties is the common aspiration and in fundamental interests of the two peoples.
China-Myanmar relations now stand at a new starting point and have a bright future, said Wen.
He expressed the hope that Myanmar people could make new achievements on the path of building up their country. The Chinese people will always be a good neighbor, good friend and good partner to the Myanmar people,said Wen.
Bilateral ties will definitely keep moving forward on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, and the friendship deeply rooted in the hearts of the two peoples will last from generation to generation, Wen said.
Thein Sein, for his part, said Premier Wen's visit is of great significance in the history of bilateral ties.
The Myanmar prime minister said a series of celebrations will hopefully promote Myanmar-China relations of good-neighborliness and friendly cooperation.
Also on Thursday, Wen and Thein Sein took part in a handover ceremony for an international conference center, which was constructed with Chinese aid.