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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. Asia and the Pacific (in two parts)

Burma,   pp. 267-330 PDF (25.0 MB)

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Consequently our aid program cannot for present be expected to in-
clude much-military assistance or economic aid of military value tW
the United States.
Note on Burmese viewpoint
  Marshall Green 5 wrote Bob Acly on November 19 from Stockholm
about a conversation he had there with U Aung Than06 (Bo Set Kya)
The paragraph below is quoted as illustrative of the Burmese attitude.
U Aung Than was one of the first Burmese leaders to appreciate pos-
sible benefits of economic aid from the United States and was instru-
mental in the prodding of Burmese officials to get together, draw up
tentative proposals for a program, and cooperate with the economic
mission which came to Rangoon in March 1950 under the leadership
of the Honorable R. Allen Griffin. Mr. Green wrote as follows:
  General Aung said that Burma needs ECA assistance but will not
compromise her neutrality in order to continue to receive such assist-
ance. He later remarked that the State Department would surely be
able to hit on some formula for continuing ECA aid without Burma
having to compromise her present policy or having to restrict her
present negligible trade with China.
  Second Secretary of the American Embassy in Sweden.
  A leading member of the anti-Facist People's Freedom League.
  7 Director of the Far East Program Division, Economic Cooperation Adminis-
  tration. Mr. Griffin had headed a survey team which visited Southeast Asia
  March and April 1950, to develop recommendations .regarding initial economic
  and technical aid to the area. For documentation on -the Griffin Mission
  related activities, see Foreign Rleations, 1950, vol. vi, pp. 1 If.
  790B.00/12-2051 :Telegram
       The Charge in Burma (Day) to the Secretary of State
 COFIDENTIAL               [RANGooN,] December 20, 1951- 11 p. m.
   593. Burmese Government has granted Dr. Seagrave permission
 return to hospital Namkham upon his written undertaking to leave
 the Shan State when authorities there require him to do so.
   PermSec FonOff told me in confidence PriMin, FonMin and Home
 Min had to overcome strong opposition in quarters not specified but be-
 lieved military. Consequently believe publicity to decision in Burma
 undesirable though desirable in US in interests Burmese American
 relations. Seagrave should reach Namkham before Christmas.

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