KIO welcomes Chinese President visit

The Kachin Post / January 17, 2020

Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), an insurgent armed organization headquartered in northern Burma, has welcomed the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Burma, hoping to achieve peace and stability in the country.

The Kachin armed organization warmly welcomed the visit of Xi Jinping and expected to achieve better results for both countries, said a statement released yesterday by KIO. The organization expected Xi’s visit would bring to end Burma’s civil war which would pave the way for the border stability and prosperity for citizens of both countries.

Chinese President is scheduled to arrive in Burma on Friday for his two-days visit, the first time in almost 20 years of China’s top leader visit in Burma since 2001. Xi’s visit is believed to boost the US$ 1 trillion infrastructure-building project of China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), which is the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)’s one of the offshoot scheme.

The KIO also appealed Chinese leader to understand different opinions of Burmese citizens and help fulfilling the necessities of the country.

Last week, Chinese special envoy for Asia Affairs Sun Guoxiang met KIO leaders along with Arakan Army chief Major General Htun Myat Naing at their headquarter Laiza on the China-Burma border. Mr. Sun also held meeting separately with leader of United Wa States Army (UWSA) and Mongla based National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) at their headquarters.