Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Beijing to attend Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is welcomed by Vice Chairman Mr. Wang Yongqing in Beijing, China.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Beijing, China, at 5.30 pm local standard time yesterday to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which will be opened today.
She was welcomed at the airport by Beijing Municipal Committee Vice Chairman Mr. Wang Yongqing, Myanmar Ambassador to China U Thit Lin Ohn, families of staff of Myanmar Embassy in Beijing and the military attaché and officials.
The State Counsellor and her entourage left Nay Pyi Taw yesterday by special flight and they were seen off at the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport by Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr. Myo Aung and wife, Deputy Minister for the President’s Office U Min Thu, Mr. Chan Chan, Charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar and officials. The State Counsellor was accompanied by Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister for Construction U Win Khaing, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister U Aung Htoo and officials.
The forum is scheduled to be held from 14 to 15 May and heads of 28 countries will participate in the forum.
On her way to Beijing, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was welcomed at the Yunnan Airport by Yunnan province Vice Governor H.E. Mr. Chen Shun, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Hong Liang, Myanmar Consul-General U Soe Paing and officials.
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be opened on 14 May where Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China will give an opening speech. Afterwards, on 15 May, a high level meeting of Heads of State chaired by President Mr. Xi Jinping will be held. The meeting will be attended by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and heads of 29 countries.
At the same time as the high level meeting, 6 separate meetings will be held in which, 8 sectors of basic infrastructure, industrial investment, cooperation in economy and trade, energy and natural resources, financial cooperation, people to people connectivity, environmental protection and maritime cooperation are included. Chinese government’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) had been endorsed by 56 countries and regional organizations by signing OBOR MoUs and agreements with China. Furthermore an initial investment of US$ 40 billion is made to implement OBOR. The opening ceremony of OBOR will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde while heads of ASEAN countries Viet Nam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Philippines, Europe and east-Europe countries of Greece and Belarus as well as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Ethiopia will attend the forum.

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