Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Communist-run China next week

China says Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi will visit for five days next week.

Suu Kyi is an international democracy icon for her yearslong defiance of an authoritarian military regime in Myanmar. She now has ambitions for her country's presidency, which would involve the need for smooth relations with Beijing.

China's Foreign Ministry says Suu Kyi will visit from June 10 to 14 as chairwoman of Myanmar's National League for Democracy party at the invitation of China's Communist Party for an inter-party exchange between the two countries.

"We hope to further enhance bilateral communication and understanding through this visit to push ahead with the friendship development between China and Myanmar in various areas," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular briefing.