BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President Thein Sein will kick off a four-day state visit to China on Friday at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
The following is a profile of the Myanmar president.
Born in April 1945 in Irrawaddy Division in southern Myanmar, Thein Sein graduated from the Defense Services Academy in 1967. From 1996 to 2000, he served as commander of the Triangle Regional Military Command.
In 2003, Thein Sein was appointed second secretary of the State Peace and Development Council and was promoted to first secretary a year later.
After being named interim prime minister in May 2007, Thein Sein was formally appointed to the position in October and promoted to the military rank of general in November of the same year.
During the 2010 general election, he was elected to the House of Representatives, the lower house of parliament.
In February 2011, Thein Sein became the first president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar after an election in the Union Parliament. He was sworn into office in March of the same year.
He has previously visited China a number of times.
He paid a state visit in May 2011 and attended the 9th China-ASEAN Expo in the southwestern city of Nanning in September 2012. The president also attended the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference and paid another state visit to China in April 2013. In September 2013, he again attended the China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning.