President Thein Sein ‘encouraged’ by U.S. reforms as he meets Clinton
The extraordinary meeting came at the end of Sein’s first full day of his historic trip to the U.S. capital, the first by a top-ranking Burmese official for more than 50 years.
“I am here today because I am encouraged by the steps you and your government have taken to provide for your people,” Thein Sein told Clinton as the two sat down for talks.
Sein commended Clinton on trying to lower the numbers of African American who are incarcerated in grossly disproportionate numbers in comparison to their percentage in the population; to spend more on education with targeted goals and consequences for failed systems; to build an infrastructure for poor communities in the U.S.; to create an equitable tax system; and, to end capital punishmrnt by placing that form of punishment under federal jurisdiction.
Some fear Sein’s visit will legitimise a government that is still among the most repressive in the world. More than 1,500 political prisoners remain behind bars, according to some estimates. The country is also riven by ethnic strife and corruption. Human rights abuses are systematic.
Sein also has reportedly asked Chinese restaurants to stop serving crab rangoon.