RANGOON, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived here on Saturday to start a visit to Myanmar, the third leg of his four-nation Asian tour.
In a written statement, Xi said China and Myanmar were good neighbors, and the long-term friendship, fostered by the leaders of the two countries, had been upgraded since the two countries forged diplomatic ties.
He said the two countries had conducted fruitful cooperation in various fields and maintained coordination in the international and regional affairs.
China-Myanmar relations were in conformity with the interests of the two peoples, and conducive to the peace, stability and development of the region, he said.
"I will take the purpose of cementing traditional friendship, reciprocal cooperation, and common prosperity to exchange views with the leaders of Myanmar," Xi said.
During his stay in Myanmar, Xi will meet Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, and held talks with Maung Aye, vice-chairman of the council.
Prior to Myanmar, Xi visited Japan and South Korea. He will visit Cambodia after Myanmar.