Burma’s Ambassador to China, U Myo Thant Pe, suddenly died in Yunnan, China on Aug. 7. It was reported that U Myo Thant Pe is the fourth foreign ambassador to die suddenly in this country within the past year. His sudden death has sparked a lot of speculation.
Burma’s Ambassador to China died of/from a heart attack?
According to the official website of the Myanmar Embassy in China, U Myo Thant Pe has held the post since 2019. Recently, he visited Yunnan and met Wang Yubo, deputy secretary of the Provincial Party Committee and governor of Yunnan Province; Wei Gang, deputy secretary of the Autonomous Region and head of the Autonomous Prefecture of Dehong Dai; Du Jianhui, deputy secretary of the City Party Committee and Mayor of Lancang city; and Yang Jun, secretary of the Baoshan City Party Committee.
On Aug. 4, U Myo Thant Pe also said in a conversation with Wang Yubo that China and Burma(also known as Myanmar) have maintained a long-term friendly relationship, and also called China “paul phaw” (in Burmese means “comrades”). He hoped to work with Yunnan Province to deepen the cooperation reached by the leaders of the two countries.
However, later it was reported that U Myo Thant Pe died suddenly on his way back to Beijing.
Sources said that Burma’s Foreign Ministry published an obituary in a state newspaper but did not mention the cause of death.
Sources also said that U Myo Thant Pe was appointed to China at the end of 2019 as Burma’s ambassador to China, and remained in office after the Burma military coup in February 2021.
U Myo Thant Pe was the fourth ambassador to die in China since 2021
In the past year, three other foreign ambassadors died in China.
German Ambassador Jan Hecker, 54, died within 2 weeks of being sent to Beijing in September 2021. Serhiy Kamyshev, 65, ambassador to Ukraine, died in February, he went to the Beijing Winter Olympics before his death.
Philippine Ambassador Jose Santiago Romana, 74 years old, died in April while isolated in Anhui Province.
About U Myo Thant Pe sudden death, there were much speculation. Vision Times quoted some netizens’ comments: “It’s right on time, why a heart attack at this time?”; “Completely unrelated to the CCP and the virus, huh!?”; “Knowing the secret, so has to be eliminated, right?”
The CCP once ceded territory to Burma
According to Vision Times, talking about the relationship between the CCP and Burma, it should have been from the early 1960s, when the CCP and the Soviet Union were at odds and the economy was in trouble, Zhou Enlai started “territorial diplomacy,” selling the country in exchange for so-called recognition by the international community.
In 1964, the Communist Party of Burma, with the help of the CCP, grew rapidly and occupied the city and established vast “bases,” plunging Burma into full-blown civil war.
However, after the CCP ceded the land, the “friendship” between China and Burma lasted only 6 years. In 1967, there was a wave of anti-China sentiment in Burma, and an employee of the CCP Embassy in Burma was shot dead by the Burmese army for unknown reasons.
In March 1969, the Burmese government army lost to the armed forces of the Communist Party of Burma and was forced to withdraw from the Kokang area. In April of the same year, Kokang District and Kokang District Party Committee led by the Communist Party of Burma were established, and Pheung Kya-shin was appointed as “Chief of the Kokang District.”
After the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, China’s economy almost collapsed. Deng Xiaoping stopped providing weapons and food to the Communist Party of Burma, and a large number of military officials started selling drugs. The entire area controlled by the Communist Party of Burma has almost become drug processing factories. The drugs then spilled into Mainland China across the Yunnan border.
In March 2015, the Chinese armed forces against the Kokang government and the Burmese military government declared war on the China-Burmese border. Artillery poured into China, injuring civilians along the Chinese border, and greatly damaging the face of the CCP.
Burma’s coup attempt is suspected of having the support of the CCP
In February 2021, there was a coup in Burma, when public opinion indicated that the Burmese military government was backed by the CCP. Although there is no official confirmation from the CCP, the huge investment deals reached between the CCP and the Burmese military government, such as the Myitsone Hydroelectric Station and the Letpadaung Copper Mine, have been postponed due to objections from the local people.
After Aung San Suu Kyi came to power, it was proposed they restore these projects, but that was not implemented.
According to Sina, the German channel Deutsche Welle reported that there are around 600 jade development companies in Hpakant, the world’s leading jade production region in Burma. But production and operations are essentially concentrated in 10 companies, most of which are Chinese-controlled joint ventures.
According to official data, China imported $540 million worth of jade from Burma in the first nine months of 2015. Dojion, citing a report by Global Witness, an NGO, estimated that Burma’s actual jade production capacity in 2014, amounted to $31 billion. Of that, more than $20 billion was smuggled and exported, which has reduced the Burma government’s tax revenue by billions of dollars.
There were rumors that the former party secretary of Yunnan had great interests in burma
In 2015, media outside China revealed that a number of high-ranking officials included two former Party chiefs from Yunnan Province, Qin Guangrong and Bai Enpei, had great interests in Burma. Even, the information regarding the China-Burma border was suspected of being intercepted and modified by senior officials in Beijing.
According to public information, Bai Enpei served as the secretary of the Yunnan Provincial Party Committee from October 2001 to August 2011, and was demoted to vice chairman of the Committee for Protection of Natural Resources and Environment at the CCP’s National People’s Congress in August 2011. In August 2014, Bai Enpei “fell off a horse” (lost favor); In January 2015, he was “condemned to investigate and apply coercive measures”; In Oct. 9, 2016, the Intermediate Court of Anyang City, Henan Province sentenced Bai Enpei to death, delayed the execution for 2 years, and then reduced it to imprisonment.
Qin Guangrong held the position of deputy governor and governor of Yunnan Province from January 2003 to August 2011. From August 2011 to October 2014, he held the position of secretary of the Yunnan Provincial Party Committee; in 2019, Qin surrendered to the Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervision Commission; in January 2021, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison in the first instance.
According to reports, Qin Guangrong and Bai Enpei were suspected of sending huge benefits to the family of Zhou Yongkang. Qin is also suspected of being involved in Bo Xilai’s coup and Zhou Yongkang. After the Chongqing incident, Qin accompanied Bo as a senior, and also visited the military history gallery of the 14th Army Command.