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1965

ORGANIZING CARGO TO BE SHIPPED BY AIR TRANSPORT FROM CHINA TO BURMA, CAMBODIA, AND PAKISTAN

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    A report on organizing air routes between China and Burma, Cambodia, and Pakistan.
    "Organizing Cargo to be Shipped by Air Transport from China to Burma, Cambodia, and Pakistan," 1965, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Guangdong Provincial Archives 325-1-890-009-010. Obtained for CWIHP by Hongwei Fan and translated by Max Maller. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118249
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In September of this year, the Commission for Economic Relations with Foreign Countries summoned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of Trade, the Post and Telecommunications Divisions, the Civil Aviation Office, and four other units for a meeting to investigate a solution for the insufficient freight volume and passenger capacity of the China-Burma, China-Cambodia and China-Pakistan transportation routes. “The capacity shortages of these three shipping routes are quite serious. The China-Burma shipping route relies on Chinese planes to fly back and forth. Because of the seriousness of our capacity shortage, our incoming and outgoing cargo load is only at about 20%. This meeting is in agreement that these three states are all our friends; their influence among nationalistic governments in Asia is considerable. In order to elevate our companionship with these states, strengthen the anti-imperialist united front in government; and economically destroy imperialism and modern revisionism’s blockade against us, we must uphold and value these cargo routes. Therefore, we must respect the spirit of the Premier and foreign affairs office’s former comments on this issue and give our strong support to passenger and cargo transportation, cramming in as many cargo flights as possible in order to bolster these three routes.

“And therefore, the China-Cambodia and China-Burma trade needs to rely on cramming in lots of goods to raise the energy level of these two transportation routes, so that soon the gifts, samples, and calendars we send to Burma and Cambodia, as well as our small amounts of valuable imported goods, will be sent as often as possible by air. If the opposite side has an urgent need for small amounts of goods that are valuable and easy to ship by air, recommend as best you can that they be shipped by air. The shipping figures and parent companies supplying imports for the businesses in your province that send and receive their specialties using these two cargo routes, should be numerically arranged, separated and grouped into a summary to be announced to the division.”