At Rangoon's airport April 15 a welcoming crowd with Chinese and Burmese flags gave a warm welcome to visiting Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-Lai.
At Rangoon's airport April 15 a welcoming crowd with Chinese and Burmese flags gave a warm welcome to visiting Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-Lai. Mr. Chou came to Rangoon on a three-day goodwill visit on his way to India for talks with Prime Minister Nehru on the Sino-Indian Border dispute.
Chou En-Lai was received by Prime Minister U Nu and other ministers. As Chou and his Foreign Minister Chen Yi emerged from the airport, the distinguished visitors were pelted with flowers by the welcoming crowd.
The two-day visit of the Chinese Prime Minister was expected to result in the setting up of a joint commission to demarcate the disputed Sino-Burmese border. The ground had been cleared for this by Burma's care-taker Prime Minister, General Ne Win, who signed an agreement last month with the Chinese government before he handed over power to U Nu.
On April 16, Chou En-Lai and Marshal Chen Yi visited the Arzani Mausoleum in Rangoon, and laid wreaths at the tomb of Burma's national hero, General Aung San. The Chinese leaders observed a few minutes silence at the Mausoleum in honour of the Burmese leader who was assassinated by gunmen in 1948.