BEIJING – Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Chinese leaders in Beijing this week to build ties with her country's most important neighbor while China hopes to shore up its declining influence in the Southeast Asian nation following recent democratic reforms.
The visit gives Beijing leaders a chance to get to know Suu Kyi at a time when Myanmar has shifted toward Western countries, Japan and other potential investors. Myanmar protesters have stalled a Chinese-backed dam out of environmental concerns, and China is upset about fighting between Myanmar's military and rebels near the border.
Suu Kyi's first trip to China is a meeting between China's Communist Party and her opposition National League for Democracy, forecast to perform strongly in elections later this year.
She visits China from Wednesday through Sunday.