Xinhua News Agency, Naypyidaw, January 17 (Reporter Che Hongliang, Luo Min) On the afternoon of January 17, local time, President Xi Jinping arrived at Naypyidaw International Airport by special plane and began a state visit to the Federal Republic of Myanmar.
When Xi Jinping's special plane entered Myanmar's airspace, two Myanmar fighter planes took off and escorted.
When Xi Jinping arrived, Myanmar's first vice president, Minrui, led a number of cabinet ministers to warmly welcome him by the ramp. Burmese children present flowers to Xi Jinping. Myanmar youths in traditional costumes of various ethnic groups welcomed each other. Salute soldiers pay tribute to both sides of the red carpet. Local artists and college students perform traditional songs and dances with strong ethnic characteristics. Burmese youths waved the national flags of China and Burma, cheering "Long live China-Burma friendship" and "President Xi's health" in Burmese, expressing their sincere welcome to Xi Jinping. Xi Jinping smiled and waved to them.
Xi Jinping's convoy left the airport for the city. Above the gate of the airport is a red banner with the words "Warmly welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Myanmar" and "The Republic of Myanmar pays high tribute to His Excellency President Xi Jinping." The national flags of China and Burma fluttered in the wind on both sides along the way, Xi Jinping's huge portrait and the huge slogan with the words "China-Myanmar Cellar Friendship Everlasting" and "China-Myanmar Friendship Cooperation Continuous Development" are particularly striking. Local people sang and danced, young students waved the national flags of the two countries, and warmly welcomed the most distinguished guests with the simplicity and peculiarity unique to the people of Myanmar.
On behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, Xi Jinping extended his sincere greetings and best wishes to the Myanmar government and people. Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Myanmar are friendly neighbors connected by mountains and rivers, and the people of the two countries have profound friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 70 years ago, China and Myanmar have adhered to the five principles of peaceful coexistence jointly promoted by the two countries and promoted exchanges and cooperation in various fields to continuously achieve new results. I look forward to in-depth exchanges of views with Myanmar leaders on the relations between the two countries and issues of common concern, to jointly inherit the friendship between the two countries, to close and comprehensive strategic cooperation, and to push China-Myanmar relations to a new level and enter a new era.
Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Lifeng arrived on the same plane.
Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Chen Hai also met at the airport.