Myanmar's Suu Kyi to make first visit to China

Myanmar's opposition leader Kyi will make her first visit to China this mornth

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to make first visit to China

World Bulletin / News Desk

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will make her first visit to China this month, one of the leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party said, amid strained relations between the two countries.

Suu Kyi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Kegiang on the June 10-14 trip, Nyan Win, secretary and spokesman for the NLD, told Reuters. China has yet to confirm the visit.

Since taking power in March 2011, Myanmar's reformist government has sought to decrease the heavy dependence on China that grew when Myanmar was a pariah state under military rule.

Beijing has watched nervously as the United States lifted some sanctions and engaged with the semi-civilian government, though China has been keen to reach out to Suu Kyi.

But she has come under wide international criticism in recent months over her silence on Myanmar's treatment of minority Muslim Rohingya, who are fleeing the country in rickety boats in search of a better life, with no country wanting to take them in.

Most of the 1.1 million Rohingya in Myanmar are stateless and live in apartheid-like conditions. Almost 140,000 were displaced in deadly clashes with Buddhists in Rakhine state in 2012.

The relationship between China and Myanmar has been strained this year as stray Myanmar army shells from fighting between the Myanmar government and ethnic Chinese rebels have killed at least five Chinese people over the border in China's southwestern Yunnan province. China held land and air live fire drills along parts of the border this week. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2015, 10:13