Chinese Premier Chou En-lai arrived in Rangoon, Burma, Apr 15, for a four-day official visit, before going on to Delhi, for border discussions with Indian Premier Nehru.
Chinese Premier Chou En-lai arrived in Rangoon, Burma, Apr 15, for a four-day official visit, before going on to Delhi, for border discussions with Indian Premier Nehru. At the airport to greet him, and Chinese Foreign Minister Marshal Chen Yi, was Burma's Prime Minister U Nu.
In his welcoming speech the Burmese leader said, "We welcome you as an old friend whose great contribution towards Sino-Burmese friendship and understanding is already a matter of history". Replaying, Chou En-lai said that friendly relations between the two countries were developing smoothly because of the joint efforts of both sides.
Chou En-lai's arrival had been put forward a day so that he could take part in the Burmese New Year celebrations. As he left the airport about 3,000 girls from the - governing - Union Party, pelted him with flowers, shouting, "long live Chou En-lai".
Later the two Prime Ministers took part in Burma's water throwing Festival, - a symbolic ceremony denoting a wish for prosperity. Several people were hurt when the police were forced to push back the huge crowd, gathered to watch the fun.
On the evening of his arrival the Chinese Premier and his party were the guests of Burma's Army Chief General Ne Win, at a dinner given in their honour. The Chinese and Burmese Prime Ministers met for talks, Apr 16. One of the main topics in the discussion is thought to be the Burmese-Chinese border agreement.