Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Chinese ambassador wishes Myanmar stability, rapid growth

YANGON, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Yang Houlan said here Tuesday that Myanmar is a friendly neighbor of China and the Chinese government and people wish that Myanmar would enjoy stability and rapid development.

Ambassador Yang made the remarks at a panel discussion among ambassadors of three countries -- China, India and the United States, organized by the private-run Sky Net TV.

Over the past three years, Myanmar made great political, and socio-economic progress, and its international environment has markedly improved, he said.

Noting that Myanmar would face some challenges in the process of its transition, the ambassador said he was confident that Myanmar will have a bright future.

At the three ambassadors' panel discussion titled "A Friendly Diplomatic Encounter," U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell said the past three years had seen great changes in Myanmar but the country still has a long way to go.

Indian Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya said that after more than 15 years of isolation and sanctions, there is a great deal of hope for change among Myanmar people as well as the international community.

He stressed the need to look in terms of democratic expectation, the challenges of nation building as well as the challenges of economic growth and social justice in a developing country that has been shut off for so long like Myanmar.

Answering questions raised by university student audiences following their panel discussion, the three ambassadors voiced support of the country's democratization efforts and its economic development endeavors.

Chinese ambassador Yang reaffirmed that China would take a path of peaceful development with the hope to develop friendly ties with all countries in the world.

He told Xinhua after the discussion that the three countries are all Myanmar's partners, sharing an identical view on Myanmar's transition and future prospects.

If the three countries cooperate to help Myanmar, the country will be better off tomorrow, he added.

Sky Net TV Executive Producer U Thet Win, who is also a retired Myanmar ambassador, said that the event of inviting foreign ambassadors for such TV panel discussion is a new creation since China and India are Myanmar's important neighbors, while the United States is a superpower in the world.

source: Global Post
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