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Updated: April 5, 2011 16:35 IST

New Myanmar president hosts top Chinese official

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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Jia Qinglin, right, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is greeted by Myanmar's President Thein Sein, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on Monday. Photo: AP.
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Jia Qinglin, right, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is greeted by Myanmar's President Thein Sein, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on Monday. Photo: AP.

The state—run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that Jia Qinglin, the Communist Party’s fourth—highest ranking official, met with newly sworn—in President Thein Sein and pledged cooperation for political and economic development. Mr. Jia arrived Saturday for a four—day visit.

A top official of China’s ruling Communist Party has become the first high—ranking foreign visitor to meet with Myanmar’s new president since a civilian government took office.

The state—run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that Jia Qinglin, the Communist Party’s fourth—highest ranking official, met with newly sworn—in President Thein Sein and pledged cooperation for political and economic development. Mr. Jia arrived Saturday for a four—day visit.

China has been the main ally of Myanmar, which is shunned by the West for its poor record on human rights and democracy. Critics claim that last November’s general election was unfair and meant to perpetuate military rule behind a democratic facade. The new, nominally civilian government was sworn in March 30.

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