Min Aung Hlaing

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Min Aung Hlaing
Min Aung Hlaing.jpg
Native nameမင်းအောင်လှိုင်
Born1956 (1956) (age 58)
Tavoy, Tenasserim Division, Burma
AllegianceMyanmar
Service/branchMyanmar Army
Years of service1974 to date
RankSenior General
RelationsKhin Aung
 
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Min Aung Hlaing
Min Aung Hlaing.jpg
Native nameမင်းအောင်လှိုင်
Born1956 (1956) (age 58)
Tavoy, Tenasserim Division, Burma
AllegianceMyanmar
Service/branchMyanmar Army
Years of service1974 to date
RankSenior General
RelationsKhin Aung

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (Burmese: မင်းအောင်လှိုင်; born 1956 in Tavoy, Tenasserim Division[1] ) is the current commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces.[2]

Early life and Career[edit]

Min Aung Hlaing attended the Defense Services Academy where he was reportedly shunned by classmates because of his reserved personality.[3] Following graduation he went on to command positions in Mon State and in 2002, he was promoted to Commander of the Triangle Regional Command and was a central figure in negotiations with two rebel groups, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA).[4]

Command Appointments[edit]

He rose to prominence in 2009 after leading an offensive against the insurgent Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in Kokang.[5]

In June 2010, Min Aung Hlaing replaced Gen Shwe Mann as Joint Chief of Staff of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.[6]

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.[7]

On March 27, 2012, during a speech in Naypyidaw, Min Aung Hlaing defended the military’s continued role in national politics.[8][9]

On April 3, 2012, the Government of Myanmar announced that Min Aung Hlaing has been promoted to vice-senior general, the second highest rank in the Myanmar Armed Forces.[10] He was promoted to senior general in March 2013.

[11]==References==

  1. ^ Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief, Alternative Asean Network on Burma, http://www.altsean.org/Research/Regime%20Watch/Executive/CIC.php
  2. ^ Min Aung Hlaing Appointed Vice-Senior General, By DAVID PAQUETTE / THE IRRAWADDY, April 3, 2012, http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/1890
  3. ^ Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing 1972-March / Rangoon Arts and Science University ( Law ) 1974- University Training Corps ( 1971-74 / sergeant ) 1974-January / Defence Services Academy 1977-December / second lieutenant in Burma Army . Min Aung Hlaing' father name is U Khin Hlaing . U Khin Hlaing is civil engineer and worked in Ministry Of Construction . Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief, Alternative Asean Network on Burma, http://www.altsean.org/Research/Regime%20Watch/Executive/CIC.php
  4. ^ Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief, Alternative Asean Network on Burma, http://www.altsean.org/Research/Regime%20Watch/Executive/CIC.php
  5. ^ Min Aung Hlaing Appointed Vice-Senior General, By DAVID PAQUETTE / THE IRRAWADDY, April 3, 2012, http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/1890
  6. ^ Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief, Alternative Asean Network on Burma, http://www.altsean.org/Research/Regime%20Watch/Executive/CIC.php
  7. ^ Min Aung Hlaing Appointed Vice-Senior General, By DAVID PAQUETTE / THE IRRAWADDY, April 3, 2012, http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/1890
  8. ^ Min Aung Hlaing Appointed Vice-Senior General, By DAVID PAQUETTE / THE IRRAWADDY, April 3, 2012, http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/1890
  9. ^ Myanmar general defends military's political role, By AYE AYE WIN, Associated Press – Tue, Mar 27, 2012, http://news.yahoo.com/myanmar-general-defends-militarys-political-role-061046525.html
  10. ^ Min Aung Hlaing Appointed Vice-Senior General, By DAVID PAQUETTE / THE IRRAWADDY, April 3, 2012, http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/1890
  11. ^ 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.