China says Myanmar apologizes for deadly border bombing, agrees to discuss compensation

China's Foreign Ministry says Myanmar has apologized for a cross-border bombing last month in which four Chinese farmers were killed.

A statement on the ministry's website says Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin expressed regret over the incident in a meeting in Beijing on Thursday.

It says Myanmar accepted the findings of a joint investigation into the March 13 bombing and will discuss compensation for the victims.

Myanmar originally rejected China's claim that one of its planes dropped a bomb that caused the deaths. The incident came during an upsurge in fighting between Myanmar government soldiers and ethnic Kokang rebels in Myanmar's northeast near the border with China.

Myanmar presidential spokesman Ye Htut confirmed the Beijing meeting but declined to comment on the Chinese statement.