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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi steps into the role of Foreign Minister, sees China's counterpart
Myanmar's Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday held a brief get-together with her China colleague in Naypyidaw and immersed herself directly in one of her new governmental functions under the National League for Democracy (NLD) administration. "I expect China's trip to Myanmar in the first weeks of the new administration will help establish good relations between two countries," she said to the news after her briefing with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who will make his first formal two-day trip to Myanmar in the first weeks of the new administration.
Monday President Htin Kyaw, who had initially entrusted her with the management of the Electricity, Renewable Energies and Educational Departments, nominated two red tape to take up the posts, allowing her to concentrate on the foreign policy and presidency departments. Mr Aung San Suu Kyi has also maintained her NLD chairmanship.
However, Aung San Suu Kyi and Wang Yi have failed to address the possible relaunch of a contentious Chinese funded hydroelectric power plant that former Chinese leader Thein Sein put on ice in 2011. China Power Investment Corporation (CPI), one of China's biggest state-owned power generators, has prevented Thein Sein from building the 6,000 megawatt Myitsone Dam along the Irrawaddy River in Kachin State in the north of Myanmar, mainly because of the projected damage to the environment.
One of the loudest adversaries of the Myitsone Dam program was Aung San Suu Kyi. Following last November's victory in the country's electoral process, the NLD reassured China's leadership that it was committed to further amicable ties between the two nations and that China would welcome investments in Myanmar as long as Myanmar's citizens won their confidence.
A number of Myanmar policy analysts have said that deciding whether or not to proceed with the embankment dyke will be one of the greatest challenge for the new administration, as Chinese supported businesses are the main foreign investment in the state. It took place the same night as Myanmar's lower chamber passed a bill to appoint Aung San Suu Kyi as state adviser, a new stance some say she will have more powers than the US now.
Dismissed from the presidential term by a constitution that prohibits anyone with expatriate relations from assuming the country's highest post, Aung San Suu Kyi promised to be "above the president" after the NLD won the November poll. The two parliaments also on Tuesday endorsed Htin Kyaw's new candidates for the Electricity, Renewable Energies and Educational Departments, to which Aung San Suu Kyi was briefly named last Tuesday.