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June 28, 1950

LETTER OF CREDENCE, SUIT, AND THANK YOU SPEECH FROM BURMA’S CHIEF AMBASSADOR TO CHINA U MYINT THEIN

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    Burmese Ambassador U Myint Thein offers kind words to the Chinese government.
    "Letter of Credence, Suit, and Thank You Speech from Burma’s Chief Ambassador to China U Myint Thein," June 28, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 117-00010-02(1). Obtained by Hongwei Fan and translated by Max Maller. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118222
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In 1950, when chief ambassador of Burma U Myint Thein presented his letter of credence, his suit expressed: “The seas have prevented Burma from frequent relations with foreign countries for many years. However, between China and Burma these have been in place since time immemorial. From very early on, richly diverse trade has been carried out by tracing the overland routes. Led along by the bridle, these passages have traversed the high hills and the deep ravines along our nations’ borders. They have not only brought about the exchange of precious objects, but at the same time, valuable ideas and perspectives have likewise been exchanged.”

Thank-you speech to the Chairman: “Our two countries, with their adjoining borders, do not just share a common bond in historical and cultural tradition. Moreover, there is a deep brotherly affection existing between our peoples. In the last century, the Chinese and the Burmese have both had long, heroic and fearsome struggles for their freedom and independence. This explains the heartfelt compassion and understanding between my people and yours.”