Myanmar-China Paukphaw Friendship Day was observed in Yangon, and was attended by U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for Office of the State Counsellor and wife Daw May Yin Tun.
Also present at the ceremony were Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko, Lt-Gen Than Tun Oo of the office of Commander in Chief (Army) and wife, Commander of Yangon Command Maj-Gen Thet Pon and wife, Deputy Minister for Commerce U Aung Htoo, cabinet members of the Yangon Region Government, Deputy Speaker of Yangon Region Hluttaw U Lin Naing Myint, lawmakers, Ambassador of China to Myanmar Mr. Hong Liang and wife, departmental officials, the chairman and members of the Myanmar-China Friendship Association, along with diplomats and guests.
At the gathering, Chinese Ambassador Mr. Hong Liang and Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe delivered addresses.
Also, Chairman of the Myanmar-China Friendship Association U Chit Sein delivered a speech.
At the ceremony, the Embassy of China in Yangon presented Myanmar-China Paukphaw friendship awards to 10 associations, including the Myanmar-China Friendship Association.
Afterwards, Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe accepted K80 million donated by the Myanmar-China Paukphaw Friendship Fund for internally displaced persons and those affected by disasters in Myanmar.
China gained its independence on 1st October, 1949, with Myanmar recognizing the independence of China on 18 December 1949, becoming the first country in Asia to recognise the independence of China.
Myanmar and China established diplomatic ties on 8 June, 1950. In 1954, the then prime ministers of Myanmar and China signed the five principles of Peaceful Coexistence and declared it to the world.
Myanmar-China relations has since been promoted to a strategic Paukphaw level.— Myanmar News Agency