Myanmar President Thein Sein last visited the United Nations three years ago as the face of an authoritarian military regime. Today, the former general-turned reformer will present Myanmar in a new light.
Myanmar freed 40 political prisoners and granted amnesty to 200 others facing charges following President Thein Sein’s pledge to increase freedom in the country, according to a group representing the detainees.
Myanmar President Thein Sein saluted top dissident Aung San Suu Kyi in a speech to the United Nations that dwelled on the difficulties facing his nation as it is “ushering in a new era” of democratic rule.
Myanmar plans to more than double rice shipments as the country that used to be the largest exporter embraces trade and opens its economy, challenging Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia for sales amid a global glut.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Asian countries, and Myanmar in particular, to embrace human rights and political openness as crucial components in attracting investment and driving economic growth.