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Aung San Suu Kyi begins historic visit to Chi

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 Jun 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, June 10: Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi arrives on Wednesday in Chi, a historic visit that comes during a period of marked tension between the two countries. Her visit will last till Sunday. She is to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and a group of Chinese businessmen, Efe news agency reported. During the visit, Beijing will look to strengthen its relations with Myanmar’s reformist government and the opposition. According to the Chinese foreign ministry, the trip will deal with exchanges between the Chinese Communist Party and Myamr’s tiol League for Democracy led by Suu Kyi, which is expected to do well in the upcoming elections in Myanmar this year. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her peaceful fight for freedom in her country. She spent more than 15 years under house arrest and some time in prison. The visit comes at a time of tension between the two countries. After the dissolution of the military junta in 2011, Myanmar’s closeness to the US has been concerning Beijing which now seeks to improve relations with the reformist government and the opposition. (IANS)

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