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Updated 4:59 PM EDT, Fri, Oct 11, 2019

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Chinese President Xi Jinping Invites Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Despite Foreign Ministry’s Objection

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(Photo : Reuters) China President Xi Jinping has invited Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for a visit to his country despite objections by the Foreign Ministry.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has reportedly invited Myanmar's opposition leader to visit China despite objections from his own Foreign Ministry.

Want China Times reported that the Chinese leader has extended an invitation to Aung San Suu Kyi. The invitation was handed by the International Department of China'sCommunist Party and not by the foreign ministry.

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The Chinese foreign affairs reportedly told President Xi that Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to China is not yet the "right time."  President Xi, however, proceeded with the invitation nonetheless.

The Chinese president is reportedly upset over the foreign ministry's handling of the border issue with Myanmar. 

Experts claimed that China's invitation to Aung San Suu Kyi is intended to embarrass the Myanmar government.  Diplomatic relations between the two nations have always been good even during the military rule in Myanmar. However, Naypyidaw's pursuit of Western investment has reportedly jeopardized Chinese investment in the country.  Beijing reportedly acknowledges the political influence of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party in Myanmar politics and is now pursuing friendly relations.

The relationship between China and Myanmar's government has been strained lately due to border incursion issues.  The latter's government forces have been battling separatist rebels and the fightig has have repeatedly spilled over the border with China.   A number of Chinese citizens near the Myanmar border have reportedly been killed due to the ongoing conflict between Myanmar forces and the rebels. 

As a warning for Myanmar's inability to hold the fighting within its borders, China has conducted a military exercise involving live fire drills near the Myanmar border.

Shanghaiist.com cited Chinese Academy of Social Sciences expert Xu Liping oairing n his views about Suu Kyi's upcoming visit to Beijing.  He said that Chinese leaders are seeking ways to make Myanmar a stable place for Chinese investment and business.

Xi believes that if Suu Kyi's party wins the upcoming Myanmar election, the relationship between the two countries will return to normal and even prosper.

The Chinese media view the visit of Aung San Suu Kyi to China as a good investment for the future.  China Daily said that the planned visit of the opposition leader to the country can improve bilateral relationships between two nations.  Sources claimed Suu Kyi's view toward China is a friendly one.   

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