Q&A Tin Maung Htoo & Beattie / US Burma / state television has announced that President Thein Sein will travel to the United States next week. The trip will reportedly include a visit with U-S President Barack Obama at the White House next Monday. U.S. officials have not publicly confirmed the visit, which follows President Obama's historic trip to Burma last November. Thein Sein was permitted to travel to New York to attend the opening session of the U.N. General Assembly session last September. The last Burmese leader to visit Washington was Ne Win NAY WIHN in 1966, nearly 50 years ago.
Tin Maung Htoo, of the non-governmental organization Canadian Friends of Burma tells Victor Beattie, while Burma seeks a deeper economic relationship, the trip could prove useful for Washington seeking to counterbalance China's growing influence in Burma.