In a landmark appearance at Asia Society headquarters in New York on Thursday, Myanmar President Thein Sein said that his country has left behind its authoritarian government and that the road to democracy was irreversible.
Asia Society, the Blue Moon Fund and the USIP convened representatives of the Myanmar Development Resources Institute, senior advisers to Burmese president Thein Sein and U.S. experts to discuss the transition from authoritarian rule in Burma.
Asia Society Associate Fellow Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, after covering Prime Minister Singh's visit to Myanmar, says India is now competing with China, Thailand and the U.S. for influence in the reforming nation.
Following a fraudulent referendum on a new constitution in May 2008, and a blatantly rigged election in November 2010, Burma/Myanmar's new president, TheinSein, has taken some surprising and, for many, unexpected steps.
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