EYEAFRICA TV: Washington, D.C., USA: China is willing to support Myanmar in delivering economic development, said a senior fellow and Chinese foreign policy expert of a U.S. policy research center on Saturday.
Sun Yun, a senior fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center, a U.S. nonpartisan policy research center, made the statement in a program of China Global Television Network (CGTN) when commenting on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Myanmar on Friday and Saturday.
She said various sectors of the two countries are benefiting from bilateral relations and cooperation.
“Looking forward, I think Aung San Suu Kyi wants to deliver economic development to the country and China is there willing to support. China and Myanmar jointly introduced the China-Myanmar economic corridor in late 2017 as a part of the Belt and Road Initiative. That economic corridor project has brought in a lot of infrastructure interests from China to Myanmar. So we also know that the China-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline has been operating for a couple of years now, so Myanmar is acting as one alternative route for China’s energy shipment from Middle East and North Africa. And in the most recent years, one area that we see the increase of bilateral trade between China and Myanmar is actually agriculture. So Myanmar has been a source for example, beef, cows, rice given the quality and organic nature of their food has raised a lot of interest in China,” said Sun.