Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Myanmar's Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin in Bagan, Myanmar, July 3, 2022. (ZHANG DONGQIANG / XINHUA)
BAGAN, Myanmar – Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday exchanged views on the Myanmar issue with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn.
Prak Sokhonn, also the special envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for Myanmar, briefed Wang on his visit to Myanmar.
Wang spoke highly of the positive role Cambodia, the chair of ASEAN for 2022, has played in mediating the Myanmar issue and expounded on China's stance in this regard.
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Beijing expects joint efforts by China and ASEAN to push Myanmar in pursuit of political reconciliation within the framework of the constitution and laws, he said.
China encourages all political parties in the country to prioritize the big picture and the interests of the people to take rational and pragmatic efforts to stabilize the situation and realize peace at an early date, he added.
Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn in Bagan, Myanmar, July 3, 2022. (ZHANG DONGQIANG / XINHUA)
China hopes to work together with ASEAN to push Myanmar to restart the democratic transition process and exploration of a path of political development with Myanmar's own characteristics that also suits its national conditions, said the Chinese minister.
China expects ASEAN to stick to "the ASEAN way", uphold the basic principles and traditions of non-interference in others' internal affairs and coordination and stay focused and remove distractions, he said.
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Beijing also expects ASEAN to engage in patient coordination, constructively implement the five-point consensus reached by ASEAN leaders, and safeguard ASEAN's overall unity and its leading role, he added.