Myanmar ambassador to China died on Sunday

A man walks past a paramilitary police officer on patrol outside the Myanmar Embassy in Beijing, China on August 8, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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BEIJING, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ambassador to China died suddenly in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming on Sunday, Myanmar’s state media and diplomatic sources in Beijing said in an obituary.

Myanmar’s foreign ministry said in a state newspaper on Monday that Ambassador U Myo Thant Pey’s cause of death has not been clarified.

Diplomats in Beijing and Chinese-language Myanmar media reports said it was a possible heart attack.

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U Myo Thant Pae, a local official in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, which borders Myanmar, was last seen on Saturday, according to local news reports.

The Myanmar embassy in China did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

U Myo Thant Pe was appointed Ambassador to China in 2019 and remained in his post after the Myanmar military coup in February 2021.

He was the fourth ambassador to die in China in the past year.

German Ambassador Jan Hecker, 54, died in September less than two weeks after his Beijing posting. Ukrainian Ambassador Serhiy Kamyshev, 65, died in February during or shortly after a visit to the Beijing Winter Olympics site. Read on

Philippine Ambassador Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana, 74, died in April while in quarantine in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui.

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Reporting by Yew Lun Tian and Reuters staff; Editing of the Lincoln Banquet

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