The newly elected politician has been an activist on migrant issues in Taiwan for many years, working closely with women from China, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Thein Sein strikes conciliatory tone Thursday in what is likely his last address to military-dominated parliament before Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party takes control February 1.
Some analysts say this year’s election process revealed importance of Sino-Vietnam relations, while others say election reveals China’s strong hand in region.
US secretary will urge China to do more to press North Korea to stop its controversial nuclear tests when he sits down Wednesday for talks with officials in Beijing.
The visit comes just weeks ahead of a major U.S. meeting with the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next month in California.
Ahead of his China stop, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited both countries, where Beijing’s influence runs deep and Washington is looking to expand ties.
Lao Communist Party congress just elected party veteran Bounnhang Vorachit as new secretary-general, signaling the country's future direction as it prepares to take over chairmanship of ASEAN.
John Kerry says US is stepping up efforts to help Laos deal with problems including hunger, unexploded ordinances and technology access during visit to Vientiane; he also speaks to challenges outside of Asia.
US secretary of state is in Laos, where he will lay groundwork for February summit with leaders of 10 ASEAN countries hosted by President Obama.
To develop their economies, states from Cambodia to Myanmar are investing in roads and ports, education and training, and tech-based productivity upgrades.
The DPP’s use of social media to reach supporters was a major factor in winning the election.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said that Kerry will travel to Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Laos, Cambodia and China.