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The daughter of a Republic of China diplomat in Panama writes to a Washington, D.C. friend. Autograph Letter signed: "Debbie", 1 page, 8½x11. [Panama], 1965 June 7. To "Dear Miss Norton, Just a note to say "hi" from Panama.…"

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The daughter of a Republic of China diplomat in Panama writes to a Washington, D.C. friend.
Autograph Letter signed: "Debbie", 1 page, 8½x11. [Panama], 1965 June 7. To "Dear Miss Norton, Just a note to say "hi" from Panama. It's been exactly 4 months since I arrived, during which time I've been official hostess, secretary, and housekeep for my father. I also took a summer (the summer here is from December to May) course at the Univ. of Panama. And I'm also part-time interpreter for my father. My most trying assignment came during a luncheon part we gave for the President of the Republic and Mrs. Robles on board a 50,000 D.W.T. Chinese bulk cargo carrier, the SS Union Leader. After the big Chinese lunch, my father gave the welcome which I translated without trouble, but I did not realize the President was going to say a few words also - which he wanted translated into Chinese. It kind of caught me off guard but I struggled through - it's good practice! I've missed reading your interesting newsletter - but since I'll be back in D.C. next month I don't see why you'll have to make a news "plate" for me - as I'll just have to wait a month more. I suppose the Publicity office is still hopping with energy and work. Please say hi to Kay Hill, Margie, Ann + Carol (in Mr. Gorell's office) for me. Don't forget - if you ever have a conference in Panama - you have to pay us a visit (if you can spare time from golfing). Sincerely. P.S. Enclosed is a clipping from the English paper here which you might like to pass on to your friend[Item not included]. Also enclosed is a Spanish clipping for you." This letter's recipient was Barbara Norton, the publicity director of the Sheraton-Park Hotel in Washington, who had many friends in the political and diplomatic communities of the US capital. Until the 1970s, the United States recognized the Republic of China, confined to the island of Taiwan, as the legitimate government of China, and supported the ROC's retention of China's seat in the United Nations and on the UN Security Council. After President Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China in 1972, the PRC soon captured the nation's UN membership, and the ROC lost formal diplomatic relations with all but 27 countries. The Republic of China survives as a very prosperous but diplomatically isolated island. Further information on Deborah Huang and her father, obviously a Republic of China diplomat, is unavailable. Light toning on bottom of verso, shows through. Lightly creased. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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