China’s Xi arrives in Myanmar

Published: 16 Jan 2020 Updated: 18 Jan 2020   

Online Desk

A police van drives by a banner welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of his visit to Myanmar in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 16, 2020. Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday for a state visit to Myanmar.

Two Myanmar fighter jets escorted Xi's plane as it entered the country's airspace, reports AP.

Myanmar's First Vice President U Myint Swe and several cabinet ministers warmly welcomed Xi upon his arrival at the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport.

Myanmar children presented flowers to the Chinese president, and local youths and artists in national costumes performed traditional dances and songs.

Waving the two countries' national flags, Myanmar children and youths cheered for the China-Myanmar friendship, and wished Xi a good health.

Along Xi's route from the airport to downtown, huge portraits of Xi and banners celebrating the China-Myanmar friendship and cooperation were also put up to welcome the Chinese president.

Upon his arrival, Xi extended sincere greetings and good wishes to the government and the people of Myanmar on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people.

Calling China and Myanmar friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers, Xi stressed that the two peoples enjoy a profound "Paukphaw" (fraternal) friendship.

"Since the establishment of our diplomatic ties 70 years ago, we have championed and acted upon the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and made steady progress in our exchanges and cooperation in various areas," Xi said.

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