In June 2010, Min Aung Hlaing replaced Gen Shwe Mann as Joint Chief of Staff of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
In November, 2011, according to the online newsmagazine, The Irrawaddy, it was "widely believed" that following Min Aung Hlaing's meetings with Chinese military officials that month and his leadership in creating a bilateral agreement on defense cooperation with the Chinese, he had also held talks with Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping regarding cooperation from China with respect to the Kachin Conflict.
On March 27, 2012, during a speech in Naypyidaw, Min Aung Hlaing defended the military’s continued role in national politics.
^Min Aung Hlaing may be an adopted son of Thai ex-gen Pram Tensulanonda http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/asia-report/myanmar/story/thailand-and-myanmar-traditional-rivals-now-brothers-arms-20 Today ties are far deeper even than the hug suggested. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's powerful army chief who could also be a contender for the presidency, is the adopted son of General Prem Tinsulanonda, Thailand's former army chief and president of the King's Privy Council. The "adoption" is a godfather-godson relationship. General Prem knew Senior General Min Aung Hlaing's late father when they were both chief of their respective armies. According to Thai media reports, during a visit to Thailand in 2012, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, 58, asked General Prem, a symbol of Thailand's royalist-military elites, to adopt him as his son. The 94-year-old Thai general, who has no children of his own, agreed. It is General Thanasak who has been helping to fix appointments with General Prem whenever Senior General Min Aung Hlaing visits Thailand.