Delegates from The People's Republic of China were present, for the first time, when the 29th General Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) opened in Tokyo on Wednesday (11 April).
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CU Dutch delegates
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SV Thai delegates
MV Tanaka arrives
SV Republic of Korea delegates
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Background: Delegates from The People's Republic of China were present, for the first time, when the 29th General Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) opened in Tokyo on Wednesday (11 April).
The Chinese delegation comprised 14 officials, led by An Chi-yuan of the Foreign Ministry. He is an expert on foreign economic relations, with experience as a Charge d'Affaires in Moscow and is currently Director of the Foreign Ministry bureau in charge of international treaties and legal matters.
The ECAFE session was formally opened in the Prince Hotel by Japan's Prime Minister, Mr. Kakuei Tanaka. He said in his address that Japan was ready to co-operate in "ensuring the peaceful and prosperous life for the people of Indochina."
There is no official agenda item covering post-war Indochina, but rehabilitation and reconstruction is expected to be a primary topic. The session is the first since the Vietnam cease-fire. Officials say the topic is likely to be aired when the Commission discusses projects which have been held up by the war.
On Thursday (12 April) Mr. An made his maiden speech in which he condemned the presence of the South Vietnamese, South Korean and Khmer Republic delegations. Mr. An also said that a "superpower is stepping up expansion in this region in an attempt to seize hegemony"....part of a statement which was generally accepted as an implied attack on the Soviet Union which was not mentioned by name. Mr. An promised Chinese co-operation in promoting the independence of ECAFE states and developing their national economics.
SYNOPSIS: In Tokyo, the first meeting since the Vietnam cease-fire of the United Nations Commission for Asia and the Far Eat. It's also the first to be attended by a delegation from The People's Republic of China. Their 14-man team was led by An Chi-yuan, of the Foreign Ministry. He's an expert on foreign economic relations, and is currently chief of the bureau which handles international treaties and legal matters.
More than 40 nations are represented at the conference, which will last two weeks. Many of the participants have welcomed China's presence at the conference.
Japan's Prime Minister, Mr. Kakuei Tanaka, arrived to declare the session officially open. He pledged that Japan would co-operate with aid and trade policies in the best interests of the region. Japan would also work for peace and prosperity in Indochina.
Indo-China is not officially on the agenda, but it's expected to be a main topic for debate. Officials said there'd be an opportunity to introduce the subject when the conference turned to projects previously held up by the Vietnam war.