Thein Sein

Myanmar's leader vows to curb poverty

Myanmar's President Thein Sein. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar President Thein Sein pledged on Sunday to tackle chronic poverty in the long-isolated nation, whose economy was left in tatters by decades of harsh junta rule.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 3:21am

Japan unveils huge aid and loans deal for Myanmar

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Myanmar's President Thein Sein offer toasts during lunch in Naypyidaw. Photo: Reuters

Japan yesterday announced a development aid and loan package for Myanmar worth hundreds of millions of dollars as it boosts trade ties with the fast-changing nation seen as a key regional emerging market.

27 May 2013 - 4:08am

Obama praises Myanmar reform but warns on Muslims during Thein Sein meeting

US President Barack Obama expressed to Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein (left) “deep concern” on the plight of Rohingya Muslim minority. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Myanmar President Thein Sein for his leadership in pushing through startling political reforms, but warned that violence against Muslims must stop.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Major role for military in Myanmar government, says Thein Sein

Staff help prepare President Thein Sein, of Myanmar, for a town hall event at the Voice of America in Washington. Photo: Reuters

The military that ran Myanmar for decades will continue to play a major role in the country, according to the former general who has presided over the transformation of a nation that only three years ago was considered one of the world's most repressive.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:43pm

Human rights issues niggle as US firms eye Myanmar

Myanmar President Thein Sein. Photo: AFP

T-shirts bearing images of President Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, hang side by side in the shops just off busy Kabar Aye Pagoda Road in Yangon. It is a reminder of the history made in November when Obama became the first sitting United States president to set foot in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

Who said it?

Michael Vidler

If no one has the courage to stand up for what he thinks is right, then nothing will happen, nothing will change

Michael Vidler, lawyer for transsexual woman W


The exciting thing about Eurovision is you never know what's going to happen

Emmelie de Forest, the winner of this year's Eurovision Song Contest


20 May 2013 - 1:52am

US visit endorses ‘Myanmar’s Spring’, says Thein Sein aide

Thein Sein. Photo: AP

President Thein Sein’s historic invitation to the White House is an endorsement of “Myanmar’s Spring” and a further sign that the former pariah’s reforms are irreversible, a senior Myanmar official said.

17 May 2013 - 12:39pm

Cyclone 'could delay' Myanmar president's landmark state visit to US

Thein Sein

Myanmar President Thein Sein's landmark state visit to the United States could be delayed because of a cyclone threatening to strike his country's northwest coast.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:43pm

President Xi Jinping holds summit with Myanmar President Thein Sein

President Xi Jinping welcomes Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo: Xinhua

A summit between President Xi Jinping and his Myanmese counterpart, Thein Sein, signalled both nations' desire to revive their strategic partnership, which had cooled since the civilian government came to power, according to a Chinese expert on the Southeast Asian nation.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:44am

Talking points

President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping welcomes leaders from two of Southeast Asian neighbours for talks in Beijing. Myanmar's President Thein Sein and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei's prime minister, are both due in the capital.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

Myanmar president rejects religious extremism

Myanmar people from different religions pay their respect in front of Myanmar's national flag during a multi-confessional peace ceremony in Yangon on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Myanmar President Thein Sein on Thursday vowed a tough response to religious extremists after a wave of deadly Buddhist-Muslim violence in the former army-ruled nation.

At least 40 people have been killed and mosques burned in several towns in central Myanmar since fresh sectarian strife erupted on March 20, prompting the government to impose emergency rule and curfews in some areas.

28 Mar 2013 - 9:01pm

Australia eases defence curbs as Myanmar leader visits

Prime Minister Julia Gillard (left) and the President of Myanmar Thein Sein speak to the press at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photo: AFP

President Thein Sein on Monday became Myanmar’s first head of state to visit Australia since 1974, winning aid and defence concessions as he reaps new fruits of his liberalisation policies.

As the once pariah country approaches the second anniversary of a quasi-civilian regime led by the ex-general taking power, Canberra said it was increasing its support to recognise the reforms.

18 Mar 2013 - 3:29pm

Myanmar government and Kachin rebels renew talks

Delegates from Kachin state sit at a street after the end of National League for Democracy party's (NLD) congress in Yangon. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar’s government met Kachin rebels for renewed peace talks in China on Monday, an analyst said, as the rivals seek to resolve a festering ethnic conflict that has undermined reforms.

11 Mar 2013 - 11:11pm

Myanmar committee to ‘grant liberty’ to dissidents

Myanmar's President Thein Sein. Photo: AFP

Myanmar’s leader has set up a committee to review political prisoner cases “to grant them liberty”, state media said Thursday, in a rare direct acknowledgement of dissidents in the nation’s jails.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:43pm

Myanmar abolishes 25-year ban on public gatherings

President Thein Sein. Photo: EPA

Myanmar’s nearly two-year-old reformist government has abolished a ban on public gatherings of more than five people that was ordered in 1988 on the day a military junta took power after crushing nationwide pro-democracy protests.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:43pm