Min Aung Hlaing

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Min Aung Hlaing
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing ,Commander in Chief of Myanmar Defense Services
Native name မင်းအောင်လှိုင်
Born 1955 (1955) (age 59)
Tavoy, Tenasserim Division, Burma
Allegiance Myanmar
Service/branch Myanmar Army
Years of service 1974 to date
Rank Senior General
Spouse(s) Kyu Kyu Hla

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 passed Matriculation class in 1972 at BEHS 1 Latha.[3] He attended the Rangoon Arts and Science University from 1973 to 1974 before he joined the Defense Services Academy 19th Intake in 1974 . He was reportedly shunned by classmates because of his reserved personality.[4] 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 National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA).[5]

Command Appointments[edit]

He rose to prominence in 2009 after leading an offensive against the insurgent National Democratic Alliance Army in Kokang.[6]

In June 2010, Min Aung Hlaing replaced Gen Shwe Mann as Joint Chief of Staff of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.[7]

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.[8]

On March 27, 2012, during a speech in Naypyidaw, Min Aung Hlaing defended the military’s continued role in national politics.[9][10]

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.[11] He was promoted to senior general in March 2013.

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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. ^ မင်းအောင်လှိုင်, ဗိုလ်ချုပ်မှူးကြီး (2 April 2011). "တပ်မတော်ကာကွယ်ရေးဦးစီးချုပ်သစ်နှင့် အမေရိကန် မြန်မာ တပ်မတော်နှစ်ရပ် ဆက်ဆံရေး - အပိုင်း (၁)". VOA news Burmese. 
  4. ^ 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's father name is U Thaung Hlaing. U Thaung 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Min Aung Hlaing Appointed Vice-Senior General, By DAVID PAQUETTE / THE IRRAWADDY, April 3, 2012, http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/1890
  7. ^ http://www.altsean.org/Research/Regime%20Watch/Executive/CIC.php
  8. ^ Min Aung Hlaing Appointed Vice-Senior General, By DAVID PAQUETTE / THE IRRAWADDY, April 3, 2012, http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/1890
  9. ^ Min Aung Hlaing Appointed Vice-Senior General, By DAVID PAQUETTE / THE IRRAWADDY, April 3, 2012, http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/1890
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ Min Aung Hlaing Appointed Vice-Senior General, By DAVID PAQUETTE / THE IRRAWADDY, April 3, 2012, http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/1890
  12. ^ 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.