An introduction by Hongwei Fan of Xiamen University and a new set of Chinese-language documents on Sino-Myanmarese relations was just published by the Cold War International History Project. I translated Professor Fan’s introduction from Chinese and coordinated the release of the documents.
The introduction juxtaposes common portrayals of China-Myanmar relations as vibrant and exceptional with the mutual apprehensions evident on both sides. It draws on information from three archives: the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive in Beijing, the Guangdong Provincial Archives, and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Archives.
Hongwei Fan is author of Modern China-Myanmar Relations: Dilemmas of Mutual Dependence (2012) with David I. Steinberg, the first book-length study examining the increasingly important and dynamic relationship between China and Myanmar. He is Professor at Xiamen University