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President says bombing will not affect China relations

By Yu Wai
Published Mar 04, 2020
Updated Mar 27, 2020

President U Thein Sein, speaking in an April 3 radio address, said the recent warplane bombing incident that killed five Chinese will not negatively affect Myanmar-China relations.

The president was speaking on the radio after Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin met with his Chinese counterpart, Mr Wang Yi, in Beijing on April 2 and expressed his apologies for the incident in Lincang, Yunnan, on the China-Myanmar border.

The foreign minister is visiting China as Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein’s special envoy to discuss the aftermath of the bombing, which killed five villagers and injured eight others on March 13 in a sugarcane field.

According to U Wunna Maung Lwin, Myanmar recognizes the conclusion of the joint investigation, which said the Myanmar warplane bombing caused the death of the Chinese on the border.

“Myanmar is willing to keep in touch with China over compensation for the victims and injured and make proper arrangement,” he said. “Myanmar will ensure those involved in the incident are accountable for and published in accordance with law, strengthen domestic management to prevent similar incidents from happening.”

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