China ready to promote bilateral ties, Xi tells Myanmar's new president


U Win Myint (R F), former speaker of the House of Representatives (Lower House), attends a session of Myanmar Union Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, March 28, 2018. U Win Myint has been elected as Myanmar's new president, according to a parliament announcement. (Xinhua/U Aung)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated U Win Myint on his election as Myanmar's new president, saying China would like to promote the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to a higher level.

Xi said China and Myanmar are traditionally friendly neighbors and in recent years, have seen high-level exchanges. They have expanded practical cooperation, promoted people-to-people exchanges and coordinated multilateral ties, contributing to regional peace and prosperity.

Xi stressed that China puts emphasis on the development of bilateral relations. China is willing to work together with Myanmar to consolidate their traditional friendship, deepen mutually-beneficial cooperation and promote their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to a higher level to bring more benefits to the two countries and the two peoples, he said.