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China, India, Myanmar to celebrate 60-year-old peace principles

C hinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, President U Thein Sein and Indian Vice President Moham-mad Hamid Ansari will attend commemo-rative activities for the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has announced.

The three countries have agreed to hold ac-tivities in Beijing at the end of June. Pres-ident Xi will attend the commemoration conference on June 28, and Premier Li will attend a reception on June 29. Myanmar President U Thein Sein will pay a state visit to China from June 27 to 30 alongside Vice  President Ansari who will also pay a coincid-ing official state visit.

In 1954, the leaders of China, India and Myanmar initiated the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which stand for mu-tual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-in-terference in each other’s internal affairs, equality, mutual benefit and peaceful coex-istence.

“Over the past six decades, the principles have withstood tests, been accepted by an increasing number of countries, become the tenets governing international relations and played an important role in safeguard- ing world peace and development,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing.

Hua said attendance by the leaders reflects the three countries’ determination to promote world peace and development. On President U Thein Sein’s visit to China, Hua said presidents of the two countries are scheduled to hold talks. Chinese premier and top legislators will also meet with U Thein Sein. He will also visit the ancient capital of Luoyang in central China’s Henan Province.

This will be U Thein Sein’s third state visit to China during his presidency and his first meeting with Xi, Hua said, stressing the visit will be significant for the healthy and steady development of bilateral relations in the new era.

“China expects the visit to consolidate bi-lateral good-neighbour relations, enhance strategic trust, boost pragmatic cooperation and develop the bilateral all-round strategic partnership,” Hua said.Hua recalled the profound brotherhood be-tween the two peoples and the good-neigh-bour friendship that has benefited both nations. Stressing China firmly pursues a friendly policy toward Myanmar, Hua said China would like to work with Myanmar to deepen cooperation, benefit the two peoples and promote regional peace, stability and development. Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari’s trip to China will be the first for an Indian leader since the inception of the new Indian government in May, Hua said. Xi will meet with Ansari. Chinese Vice President Li Yuan-chao will hold a welcome ceremony for Ansa-ri before talks with him.

During his five-day stay, Ansari will give a speech and visit Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

Labelling China and India as the world’s largest developing countries and import- ant emerging economies, Hua reviewed the sound and steady growth of the bilateral strategic partnership, citing growing politi- cal trust, productive cooperation in all fields and good coordination on international and regional issues.

China would like to work with India to seek a closer partnership and achieve common de- velopment, Hua said.