By Maung Aung Myoe

Because its independence in January 1948, Myanmar has attempted to discover how to care for (at one time) ideologically antagonistic and normally chauvinistic China which has pursued a overseas coverage aimed toward restoring its perceived impact in Myanmar. To counter China's makes an attempt to steer Myanmar's international coverage strategies has regularly been a problem for the Myanmar executive. because the Nineteen Fifties, successive Myanmar governments have discovered that Myanmar's bilateral family members with the People's Republic of China may still most sensible be performed within the context of marketing the 5 ideas of peaceable Coexistence, the Bandung spirit and the Pauk-Phaw (kinsfolk) friendship. The time period Pauk-Phaw is completely dedicated to denote the distinctive nature of the Sino-Myanmar courting. This paintings argues that Myanmar's dating with China is uneven yet Myanmar skilfully performs the "China Card" and it enjoys enormous area in its behavior of overseas relatives. as long as either side satisfy the duties that come below "Pauk-Phaw" friendship, the connection will stay tender. Myanmar has consistently repositioned her family with China to her most sensible virtue. Myanmar's China coverage has regularly been put someplace in among balancing and bandwagoning, and the juxtaposition of accommodating China's nearby strategic pursuits and resisting chinese language effect and interference in Myanmar's inner affairs has been a trademark of Myanmar's China coverage. this is often prone to stay unchanged.

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This delegation stayed in China for nearly two months. During the first three years of diplomatic relations, the trade between two countries remained at a low level. The first major state visit between the two countries took place in June 1954, when Premier Zhou Enlai stopped over in Myanmar, on his way back from the Geneva conference. Ever since, personal diplomacy has played an important role in bilateral relations. Meanwhile, there were several interesting developments in the period between 1950 and 1954 which put Myanmar’s foreign policy to the test.

6 Brigade at Lashio, not to send his troops across the Thanlwin River. Nevertheless, on 17 January 1955, with the approval of the War Office in Yangon, Colonel Chit Myaing sent out a 68-day flag march into the Wa sub-state to explore the situation there and nurture a good friendship with the local people. Meanwhile, in October 1954, the Myanmar government organized a secret mission, headed by Colonel Saw Myint, to find out, among other things, how many PLA troops were stationed on its territory and to investigate the Sino-Myanmar border stretching from the India-China-Myanmar trijunction to the Lao-Myanmar frontier.

A seven-member delegation headed by Thakin Kodaw Hmaing and Thakin Lwin went to China to attend the second anniversary of the PRC Day. 10 China distributed its propaganda through two newspapers presumably established by the NUF itself or people close to it: The Mirror (in Yangon) and Ludu (in Mandalay). Radio Peking also broadcasted in Myanmar, in addition to the English and Chinese languages. Beijing’s Foreign Language Press published books, pamphlets, and magazines in the Myanmar language and distributed them at low cost.

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