Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to strengthen ties with her country's powerful northern neighbor.

Xi said Friday that he hopes Suu Kyi's five-day visit will boost "strategic cooperation between our two nations."

The sides have already discussed the fate of a stalled $3.6 billion dam project in northern Myanmar funded primarily by Chinese energy interests. Overwhelming local opposition to the Myitsone dam project led Myanmar's previous president, Thein Sein, to suspend it.

Chinese officials have pushed for Suu Kyi to re-start construction. China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday that the two countries agreed to try to find a "proper solution."

Suu Kyi leads Myanmar's government with the title of state counselor after her party won elections last year.