Thai officials say China has offered to help prod military-ruled Burma into embarking on democratic reforms.
A Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman in Bangkok today (Thursday) said the Chinese offer was made during a meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and his Thai counterpart, Surakiart Sathirathai, on the sidelines of the APEC summit.
The Thai official said China is ready to push forward the issue of getting the Burmese military to reconcile with the country's pro-democracy opposition.
Bangkok has proposed a regional meeting at the end of the year, when Burma would explain its so-called road map plan for bringing democracy to the country. The Thai official says China would be willing to attend such a meeting.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.