The China-Myanmar Round-Table Conference on People-to-People Exchanges was held in Kunming, capital city of southwest China's Yunnan Province, on May 14, 2013.
Themed the "Pool wisdom for win-win development," the conference mainly features pragmatic communication between NGOs and enterprises from both China and Myanmar. More than 60 representatives attended the conference.
Co-hosted by the China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) and the Myanmar Development Resource Institute (MDRI), the conference is the first ever such channel in China-Myanmar bilateral people-to-people exchanges.
China and Myanmar share a long border and have been on good neighborly terms. People-to-people exchanges are the foundation for bilateral relations and it is crucial for the two nations to deepen their cultural and economic communication and cooperation, said Sun Jiazheng, president of CNIE, during the opening ceremony.
"President Xi has stressed that China will try to deliver benefits to its neighboring countries, including Myanmar, as to pursue regional common development. Therefore, the two nations shouldn't waiver by foreign disturbances and obstacles. We hope a breakthrough can be made in bilateral exchanges," explained Sun Jiazheng, who is also vice-chairman of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
"Bilateral relations between Myanmar and China are now embarking upon a new era", said Ko Ko Hlaing, chief political advisor of the Myanmar President's Office.
"We hope that a regular communication channel can be created for communication in this new era of information in order to avoid gaps and misunderstandings," emphasized Ko Ko Hlaing.