Min Aung Hlaing

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Min Aung Hlaing
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
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.

References[edit]

  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