By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati: The chief minister of Chin State in western Myanmar, Lianluaia recently visited the proposed Indo-Myanmar border trade centre at Lawngtlai locality of Indian State of Mizoram. The political head of Chin State also expressed hope that the initiative would strengthen the unity of Mizo and Chin people living in India and Myanmar.
“I believe the Indo-Myanmar border trade centre will not only boost the economy of Mizoram and Chin State, but also strengthen our brotherhood. The transformation of Myanmar from a military regime into a multi party democracy will also help in the process,” local media outlets reported quoting Chin CM Lianluaia.
It may be mentioned that both Chin and Mizo people, though living in different countries, share the same origin. Both the communities mostly use similar language, culture, tradition and also religion. Many believe that that they are only divided nations due to political interventions.
The Chin CM was welcomed by Mizoram’s minister C Ngunlianchunga, government officials including Zothangliana, Joseph Lalhlimpuia, J Hmingthanmawia with others at the proposed site. A bridge relating to the border trades on the Lawngtlai locality is also coming up, for which Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla was preaching with the Union government in New Delhi.