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On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s State visit to Myanmar, a Dialogue between Chinese and Myanmar Think Tanks held an exchange of views under the title “Contemporary China and the World” at Wyndham Hotel in Yangon on 14 January 2020. The event was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, China International Publishing Group, China Institute of International Studies and Chinese Embassy in Yangon. The co-organizers are Myanmar ISIS, CSIS(Myanmar) and Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies. Opening remarks were delivered by U Nyunt Maung Shein, Chairman of Myanmar ISIS and Mr. Du Zhanyuan, President of China Publishing Group. Discussions were held under four sessions namely-Enhancing Political Mutual Trust and Deepening Strategic Cooperation, Sharing Experience in Poverty Reduction for Common Prosperity and Development, Promoting Belt and Road Cooperation for Mutual Benefit and Deepening People-to-people Exchanges to Carry Forward Traditional Friendship. Closing statements were made by the Counsellor of Chinese Embassy in Yangon, U Aung Myo Myint, DG of Strategic Studies and Training Department, MOFA, H.E. U Kyaw Tin, Union Minister of International Cooperation and H.E. Mr. Xu Lin, Minister of Information of the State Council of China.
Ambassador of Viet Nam to Myanmar H.E. Dr. Luan Thuy Duong gave a talk on Vietnam’s Vision on the three pillars of Community of ASEAN when it Chairs ASEAN in 2020 gave a talk this morning. She discussed in details about Myanmar-Viet Nam Comprehensive Partnership Relations and raised questions about what Myanmar expects to do during its Chairmanship of ASEAN and also member of the non-permanent seat of the UNSC. She recounted that Viet Nam fully supported Myanmar in the UNGA against the resolution which came up on the Rakhine issue. She said that she had to feed information to Viet Nam Permanent Representative in New York because Myanmar media is very weak in sending out correct information to the international community. She requested that full information to be shared with friendly countries like Viet Nam so that they could make strong argument for Myanmar in the international fora. MISIS members, Professors and Lecturers and students from IR Department of the Universities from Yangon attended the talk. The Ambassador will shortly leave her post after completing assignment in Yangon.
Dr. Sen Gupta, Director of Vivekananda International Foundation(VIF), New Delhi and delegation visited MISIS for bilateral meeting this morning. From Myanmar side, Member U Ba Hla Aye presented the Rakhine issue and Member U Than Tun on bilateral relations. A round of discussions took place. The Indian delegation thanked MISIS for the informative briefing on Rakhine State so that misunderstanding and misperceptions are all cleared away. The delegation will visit NPT tomorrow and meet with Senior Officials from MOFA. Earlier, MISIS already had interaction with VIF notably the holding SAMVAD II together with Sitagu Sayadaw in 2016 and trilateral meeting between Myanmar, Bangladesh and India at New Delhi in 2018 also by VIF and also very recently BIMSTEC 1.5 Security Dialogue hosted by New Delhi.
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