Thein Sein: the quiet junta insider who opened Myanmar to the world

When he became Myanmar’s leader five years ago Thein Sein was dismissed as a junta stooge – but as he prepares to hand power to Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, the taciturn ex-general can also claim credit for steering a peaceful political transition that has stunned the world. President Thein Sein, who spent almost half […]

Myanmar defends lacklustre bond sale

YANGON — Myanmar’s Central Bank on Thursday defended its first sale of government debt under the reformist regime as “successful”, despite selling less than half of the US$50 million offering, as it looks to finance rising state spending. In the latest of a string of economic reforms under the quasi-civilian government that replaced military rule […]