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Newsline: Myanmar ambassador says his country exists for China

Myanmar’s ambassador in Beijing, Thit Linn Ohn, has said that his country “exist for China”, and wants to be treated as favorably as Beijing deals with Pakistan. “China has already established Gwadar Port in Pakistan,” Ohn told the official media in Beijing adding, “Myanmar is the lower part, and Pakistan is upper part. They are both exist for China.” The comment is significant because it comes at a time of historical change in Myanmar’s political system from a military dictatorship to a democracy. The ambassador even discussed the political changes in his country while reassuring China that the bilateral relationship would not change. China was Myanmar’s closest allay during the long years it was under military rulers, and suffered from western sanctions.



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