Myanmar Oil Pipeline Deal Reached in Beijing
China and Myanmar on Monday signed an agreement on a
crude oil pipeline to send oil from Myanmar's Kyaukpyu
Port to Yunnan.
The agreement and eight other cooperation documents were
signed after talks between President Xi Jinping and
Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, who is on a state visit to
China from Thursday to Tuesday. Details of the agreements
were not released.
In the talks, Xi said China is willing to "push forward
China-Myanmar cooperation to focus more on Myanmar's
livelihood, such as education and rural area
development", according to a news release issued by the
Xi said China expects to work with Myanmar to firmly
adhere to the right direction of bilateral ties and
support each other on key issues related to core
China appreciates Myanmar's active involvement in the
Belt and Road Initiative, Xi said, adding that Beijing
will comprehensively consider development strategies of
the two nations to promote cooperation in fields like
trade and investment, infrastructure, energy, hydropower
and border economic cooperation zones.
China will also push forward key cooperation projects
such as the Kyaukpyu special economic zone and
connectivity projects, Xi said.
He said China respects Myanmar following a development
path in accord with its own national status.
China will continue playing a constructive role in
Myanmar's domestic peace process and work with Myanmar to
jointly maintain security and stability in the border
area, Xi said.
U Htin Kyaw said his country will never forget China's
help in its development and support in the international
This is his first visit to China after taking office in
March 2016. He visited Chengdu, Xi'an, Shanghai and
Hangzhou before arriving in Beijing.
Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters after
the meeting that one section of the China-Myanmar crude
oil pipeline has been finished, while China has built a
refinery near Kunming, provincial capital of Yunnan.
"Recently, the two sides have been discussing operation
of the pipeline. After the signing of the agreement, I
believe the pipeline will be put into operation soon,"
He said the project will not only transport oil that
China imports from Myanmar, but will also benefit regions
along the pipeline.
The two sides also reached "important consensus" in areas
such as energy, interconnectivity and infrastructure
cooperation, Liu revealed.
China and Myanmar have "basically reached consensus" on
the Myitsone Dam project, which was delayed by the former
Myanmar government, Liu said.
"Both sides expressed positive expectations," he said,
adding the two sides will continue the discussion to
reach a proper win-win settlement. "It is predictable
that there will be a result acceptable to both sides in
the coming future."
Liu said a gap in the nation's common efforts that
existed in the past will be filled by the decision to
focus combined efforts more on the livelihoods of
U Htin Kyaw also met Premier Li Keqiang on Monday. Li
stressed that stability in northern Myanmar has a direct
effect on security of Southwest China.
China does not want to see the border area disturbed and
will support Myanmar's efforts to realize domestic peace
and reconciliation, Li said.