BEIJING: Amid the Rohingya refugee crisis, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Friday met President Xi Jinping, days after her country’s military chief visited China as it seeks to mediate between Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the problem.
Xi met Suu Kyi, who is visiting here to attend the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) ‘Dialogue with World Political Parties’ meeting, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Several leaders of political parties from different countries are expected to attend the meeting.
Suu Kyi’s visit to China assumes significance as it comes close on the heels of Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing’s trip to Beijing on November 24 during which he met Xi besides top Chinese military officials. Both the visits have taken place when Myanmar is facing severe global pressure over the plight of 600,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine state in recent months alleging atrocities by the Myanmar military.
Suu Kyi’s visit to Beijing came after the recent visit of Pope Francis to Myanmar and Bangladesh to address the Rohingya refugee crisis.
China has enjoyed longstanding close ties with the Myanmar military for decades when Suu Kyi, as pro-democracy leader was under prolonged house detention..