State TV in Myanmar has shown pictures of the detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi meeting a senior member of the military regime.
The channel said the two spent 75 minutes in talks, but did not say what they discussed.
It was a rare trip out. Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest.
The man she met, Aung Kyi, had been appointed a go-between, after the UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari delivered a Security Council message, telling the generals to discuss reform with the opposition leader.
Gambari himself was in Beijing on the latest leg of an Asian tour designed to build pressure on the generals, who have run one of the world’s most isolated regimes for 45 years.
But China, which is the closest thing Myanmar has to an ally, gave no hint that it was willing to impose sanctions, saying dialogue is the way forward.