Jun 30, 2014

Myanmar - President criticised for Chinese cross-cultural exchange

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President U Thein Sein’s plan to open partner “cultural centres” in China and Myanmar has garnered strong criticism at home, following his announcement on June 27.

National League for Democracy member Daw Khin San Hlaing, (PyithuHluttaw, Pa-le township, Sagaing Region) said she strongly disagreed with the introduction of Chinese culture to Myanmar.

“At a time when the Myanmar people must struggle to ensure their culture survives; the introduction of another culture is unacceptable,” Daw Khin San Hlaing told Mizzima on June 29.

President U Thein Sein, during is his four-day visit to Beijing from June 27-30, said the cultural centres would help foster understanding between the nations.

"The main purpose of this visit to China is to promote the consolidation and development of already existing friendly and cooperative bilateral relations," U Thein Sein said at Beijing's Great Hall of the People where he met his counterpart, President Xi Jin Ping on June 27.

Political commentator U Kyaw Linn Oo spoke to Mizzima on June 29 about the likely impact of these cultural exchanges on Chinese investment in Myanmar.

“Whether or not the cultural centres open, the Chinese will continue to invest in Myanmar,” he said.

“What is important is that these investments benefit Myanmar and its people.”

Mratt Kyaw Thu and Kyaw Swar Win

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