Yangon (Chindwin) : Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister, is set to visit Myanmar in July as part of the 7th Lancang – Mekong Cooperation Forum that will be hosted by Myanmar for this year.
Foreign Ministers from the Mekong riparian countries will attend the forum, which will be held in the city of Bagan in the Mandalay region.
Bagan city is an ancient city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Mr Wang Yi’s visit includes meeting with the coup leader – Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
The Lanchang – Mekong Cooperation Forum is attended by China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.
The key purpose of establishing the Lanchang – Mekong forum is mainly for China to manage water flow from its hydropower dams with the riparian countries as China has built seven mega-dams on the Lanchang – Mekong river.
On 13 January 2021 before the coup d’état, Mr Wang Yi visited Myanmar and met with the coup leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, with the two leaders agreeing to accelerate the construction of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) to boost bilateral ties.
The Tatmadaw Daily news initially reported the news of potential visit by the Chinese Foreign Minister, citing a senior official from within the junta’s State Administration Council.