Myanmar leading figures, Chinese scholars discuss future of bilateral relations

China-Myanmar Economic Corridor panel discussion held in Yangon yesterday.  Photo: MNA
China-Myanmar Economic Corridor panel discussion held in Yangon yesterday.  Photo: MNA

A seminar on “The China-Myanmar Economic Corridor” was held yesterday at LOTTE Hotel in Yangon, to discuss the future of China-Myanmar relations in the changing world.
During a day-long seminar, a series of panel discussions dealt with topics that include transport connectivity, energy cooperation, and ways to improve people-to-people relations between China and Myanmar. The relationship between economic growth and other priorities, including peace and environmental protection, were also discussed.
Panel discussions were lead by speakers Professor Zhai Kun, Peking University; Professor Li Chenyang (Yunnan University, Head of Institute of Myanmar Studies); Shi Guoqing (Hehai University); Dr. Thant Myint-U, DICA Director-General U Aung Naing Oo; U Win Myo Thu (Managing Director, EcoDev); Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung (Daw Khin Kyi Foundation); and Daw Pyone Kathy Naing (MP, Lower House).
Dr. Thant Myint-U said, “Myanmar’s biggest long-term challenge, together with climate change, will be managing well its relationship with China. This is not a technical issue. It’s about having a vision of how Myanmar can best benefit from being next to the greatest rising power in the world, economically, politically, and culturally.”
Some 35 participants, including 14 Chinese scholars from Beijing, Kunming, and other Myanmar participants, including a mix of scholars, leading business people, government officials, and Members of Parliament, were present at the seminar.
In late 2017, China Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed to build the economic corridor during his meeting with Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with the hope of maximising revenue for both countries and contributing to the stability of Myanmar and the China-Myanmar border.
The proposed economic corridor will start in China’s Yunnan Province, extend to the central Myanmar city of Mandalay, and then east to Yangon and west to the Kyaukpyu special economic zone, forming a three-pillar giant cooperation pattern.
The event is co-hosted by U Thant House and the Yunnan University Institute of Myanmar Studies.—Nanda Win

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