Officials in China have announced that Burmese Prime Minister General Soe Win will visit China next week.
A Chinese government spokesman Kong Quan told reporters Tuesday the Burmese prime minister will begin his four-day visit February 14th. He said the two nations will sign trade and economic agreements, among other deals.
The United States and other western nations have criticized Burma for its lack of democratic reforms and its crackdown on political opposition. They have urged other nations to stop doing business with the military government.
But the spokesman in Beijing said China considers human rights issues to be an internal matter that should be resolved between the Burmese government and its people. He said further development of Chinese-Burmese relations is beneficial to both countries.
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