NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Myanmar Prime Minister U Thein Sein on Thursday attended celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the China-Myanmar diplomatic relations.
Wen, the first Chinese premier to visit Myanmar in 16 years, 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, spoke highly of the Myanmar-China traditional friendship, saying the two countries, following the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, have established a long-term friendship.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Myanmar-China diplomatic ties, Premier Wen's visit is of great significance in the history of bilateral ties, said Thein Sein.
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.