|Girish Shetti |||Aug 18, 2016 12:41 PM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images) China and Myanmar will sign deals to construct a strategic bridge near their border region and two state-of-the-art hospitals in two of the largest states in Myanmar.
China and Myanmar are due to sign deals to construct a bridge and two hospitals in Myanmar during Ang San Suu Kyi's historic visit to China, Reuters reported.
"Grant agreements will be signed on the construction of two hospitals and a bridge between the two sides," Aye Aye Soe, the ministry's deputy director-general, told Reuters.
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Soe added that two hospitals would be constructed in Yangon and Mandalay, the two biggest cities in Myanmar. However, Soe refused to shed light on the details of the financial terms and the timeframe of the project.
China's previous big project in Myanmar, a $ 3.6 billion hydroelectric dam, has been stalled for five years. The ambitious project got suspended due to widespread protest on environmental grounds. There are speculations that the Chinese leadership is going to take up the issue with Suu Kyi, requesting her to restart the ambitious project as soon as possible.
Earlier in the day, Suu Kyi met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and is scheduled to meet President Xi Jinping on Friday. "I believe your visit will give new impetus to the development of China-Myanmar relations," Li said after the meeting.
Suu Kyi landed in China on Wednesday, starting her first official visit to China since her party stormed into power in Myanmar with a landslide victory last year.
Although Myanmar's junta-drafted constitution bars her from becoming president, she is widely considered as the de facto and most important leader of Myanmar. She holds various posts in the government including the foreign minister.
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