Myanmar opposition leader set for first China visit

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to host on her first five-day trip to neighboring country.

Myanmar opposition leader set for first China visit

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in China on a five-day trip -- the pro-democracy icon's first visit to the neighboring country.

She is reported to have landed at Beijing's international airport late Wednesday, from where she was picked up by a car with a police escort.

State news agency Xinhua reported that the trip is aimed at enhancing mutual understanding, along with promoting cooperation and friendly relations between the two countries.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei called the visit "an important party-to-party exchange for the" Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, during a press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.

State and Party leaders are scheduled to meet with Suu Kyi's delegation.

Hong underlined that China has long maintained friendly exchanges with all parties in Myanmar, including the NLD.

China had close ties with Myanmar's military rulers during the 15 years between 1989 and 2010 Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest, however she has since maintained that her country must maintain friendly relations.

Myanmar holds an election in early November, which has been billed by the country's reformist government as a key step toward democracy as the country emerges from five decades of military rule.

Suu Kyi, however, is banned from running under a law that does not allow leaders to stand who have foreign relatives. The democracy icon and former political prisoner has two English sons.

Her party has gathered five million signatures on a petition calling on the military to change the law. But observers say it is unlikely that will happen before voters go to the polls in November.

The NLD -- established Sep. 1988 after the previous military's takeover -- only gained legal registration in early 2012.

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