Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi meets China's president on visit to Beijing aimed at building ties

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing aimed at building ties with her country's powerful neighbor.

No details were immediately released about the meeting Thursday, the second day of her low-key visit, during which no public events are scheduled.

China hopes to use the meetings to shore up its declining influence in Myanmar following democratic reforms there that have seen it shift away from Beijing toward Western countries, Japan and other potential investors.

Citizens in Myanmar, now freer to protest, have stalled a Chinese-backed dam and other projects out of environmental concerns, and China has been upset over fighting between Myanmar's military and rebels along their border.