Special report: Premier Wen attends int'l meetings, visits
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Myanmar's Prime Minister Thein Sein in Singapore, Nov. 19, 2007. The two sides discussed relations between their two countries and the situation in Myanmar. (Xinhua Photo)
SINGAPORE, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao met with Myanmar's Prime Minister Thein Sein here on Monday to discuss
relations between their two countries and the situation in Myanmar.
"China is very much concerned about the situation in
Myanmar, because Myanmar is our close neighbor," Wen said at the meeting.
China sincerely hopes Myanmar will achieve national
reconciliation and realize democracy, stability and development, the Chinese
premier said, adding he was glad to hear that the situation in Myanmar is
returning to normal.
Wen said China will continue to support the mediation
efforts by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy Ibrahim
Gambari, and play an active role in the appropriate resolution of the Myanmar
The Chinese premier stressed it is the unshakable
policy of the Chinese government to consolidate and develop the good-neighborly
friendship between China and Myanmar on the basis of the Five Principles of
China is willing to strengthen economic cooperation with Myanmar for the benefits of the two peoples, he added.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (1st,R) meets with Myanmar's Prime Minister Thein Sein (2nd, L) in Singapore, Nov. 19, 2007. (Xinhua Photo)
Thein Sein, on his part, said Myanmar appreciates the
responsible and constructive role that China is playing in resolving the Myanmar
The Myanmar side will keep in touch with the U.N.
secretary general and cooperate with his special envoy on the mediation efforts,
Thein Sein said his government is dedicated to
safeguarding national unity, reunification and territorial integrity.
Myanmar will continue to push forward the seven-point
road map plan for national reconciliation, he added.
Thein Sein said the Myanmar government and people
cherish the traditional friendship with China and is ready to enhance bilateral
It was the first time for Wen to meet his Myanmar
counterpart since Thein Sein took office earlier this year. The meeting was held
on the sidelines of a series of meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore.
During his stay here, Wen is scheduled to attend the
11th ASEAN plus Three (China, Japan and South Korea) Summit, the 11th
China-ASEAN Summit, the third East Asia Summit, and the eighth meeting of
leaders of China, Japan and South Korea.