China and Myanmar are set to ink mammoth infrastructure deals following a meeting on Saturday between President Xi Jinping and fallen rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who pledged to stand with Beijing “till the end of the world”.
The Chinese leader”s two-day state visit to Myanmar”s purpose-built capital comes as Western investors cast a wide berth around the country due to the Rohingya crisis.
A 2017 military crackdown on the mainly Muslim minority, which UN investigators have called genocide, forced some 740,000 Rohingya over the border into Bangladesh. Beijing has stood strong with Myanmar despite the condemnation.
After arriving Friday Xi called the visit a “historical moment” for relations between the two neighbours, according to state-run newspaper the Global New Light of Myanmar.