China’s Ambassador to Burma Meets Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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China says its ambassador to Burma has met with high-profile Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday the meeting came in response to a request from Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma's National League for Democracy. Its remains unclear when the meeting took place.

A number of senior diplomats have flocked to Burma in recent months with hopes that the new government's reforms will bring an end to decades of military rule.

Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary in 50 years to visit Burma last month.

Chinese media have welcomed Burma seeking closer ties to the West, but not at the expense of Beijing's interests. Clinton said on her visit that U.S. engagement of Burma should not be seen as a threat to China.

Clinton's trip still raised questions about Burma and China relations. The two countries have military ties and are longtime business partners. But many Burmese have grown to resent their northern neighbor, and Naypyidaw recently pulled out of a major dam project with China.