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Top Chinese leaders to host Suu Kyi on her 1st visit to China amid uncertain ties with Myanmar

  • Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center,  walks upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport to depart for China, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. Noble peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is making her first official visit to China from June 10 to 14 with the aim of promoting friendly relations and better understanding between the two neighboring countries, according to her party spokesman. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, walks upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport to depart for China, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. Noble peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is making her first official visit to China from June 10 to 14 with the aim of promoting friendly relations and better understanding between the two neighboring countries, according to her party spokesman. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, arrives at Yangon International Airport to depart for China, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. Noble peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is making her first official visit to China from June 10 to 14 with the aim of promoting friendly relations and better understanding between the two neighboring countries, according to her party spokesman. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, arrives at Yangon International Airport to depart for China, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. Noble peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is making her first official visit to China from June 10 to 14 with the aim of promoting friendly relations and better understanding between the two neighboring countries, according to her party spokesman. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, receives flowers from a supporters of her National League for Democracy Party upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport to depart for China, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. Noble peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is making her first official visit to China from June 10 to 14 with the aim of promoting friendly relations and better understanding between the two neighboring countries, according to her party spokesman. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, receives flowers from a supporters of her National League for Democracy Party upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport to depart for China, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. Noble peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is making her first official visit to China from June 10 to 14 with the aim of promoting friendly relations and better understanding between the two neighboring countries, according to her party spokesman. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

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.