Myanmar's military ruler, General Than Shwe, is on a five-day visit to Delhi to hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He will arrive at the Indian capital after a day's halt in Gaya in Bihar to offer prayers at Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold wide-ranging talks with the 77-year-old Than Shwe, the head of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), as Myanmar's junta calls itself, on a wide range of bilateral issues.
The visit of Than Shwe to India takes place against a backdrop of criticism of Myanmar’s miserable record of human rights and recent renewal of US sanctions barring trade with companies tied to the junta in energy-rich Myanmar.
In view of China's growing influence in Myanmar, India is likely to air its concerns over the Chinese traders' growing presence in the trade hubs of Mandalay and Tamu, undercutting the presence of the Tamil diaspora in those parts of Myanmar.
The two countries are set to ink a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters to combat transnational organised crime, terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering and smuggling of arms and explosives, sources said.
Myanmarese leader's visit to deepen ties with New Delhi [Times of India, 26 July 2010]
Delhi: Myanmar's top Military General Than Shwe to meet PM [NDTV, 27 July 2010]