China assures help in Thatbyinnyu Pagoda renovation

Officials signing at the ceremony to exchange letter on conservation and restoration of Thatbyinnyu Pagoda.  Photo: MNA
Officials signing at the ceremony to exchange letter on conservation and restoration of Thatbyinnyu Pagoda. 
Photo: MNA

Chinese government has agreed to the provision of assistance for the renovation of Thatbyinnyu Pagoda in Bagan where the past glory of Myanmar can be witnessed.
“We will deliver advanced technology and technicians at our own cost for the pagoda renovation work,” promised Ambassador of China to Myanmar Mr Hong Liang at the signing ceremony between the two governments at Thatbyinnyu Pagoda in Bagan on 22 September.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko said, “Thatbyinnyu Pagoda is included in the nearly 400 stupas that were hit by the earthquake in August 2016”, expressing thanks for the Chinese cooperation.
Another attendee, Chief Minister of Mandalay Region Dr Zaw Myint Maung, in his address said, Chinese technical and technological cooperation would ensure the sustainable existence of cultural heritage, alongside the improvement in the capacity of staff concerned of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture in their preservation and renovation work, requesting further Chinese cooperation in heritage conservation programs in other places of the country.
“The Mandalay Region government is working together with local and foreign experts, local administrative bodies in renovating and preserving ancient cultural heritages in their original design,” said the chief minister.
“China also made cash donations for the renovation of earth-quake-hit pagodas,” said Chief Minister of Magway Region Dr Aung Moe Nyo who was also present at the signing ceremony. He then prayed for the health and happiness of the leaders and the people of China.
Ambassador Mr Hong Liang, on behalf of Chinese government, and the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, on behalf of the government of Myanmar, signed the MoU.
“We have witnessed the international involvement in the renovation of Bagan pagodas damaged by the earthquake,” said the ambassador, saying, “It is a privilege for us to partake in the renovation of the highest pagoda of the ancient cultural zone.
“Hopefully, this cooperation will serve as a springboard for further cementing of Sino-Myanmar cordial relations and mutual understanding and cooperation in the future,” said the ambassador.
A documentary photo session followed after the ambassador’s speech,.
Also present at the ceremony that lasted for an hour were cabinet members of Mandalay Region government, officials of the ministry, MPs from Bagan-NyaungU and others. —MNA

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