Thai-Myanmar military ties reach new heights under Min Aung Hlaing
YANGON—Relations between the Myanmar and Thai militaries have reached new heights during the tenure of Myanmar’s military chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, according to a report published by a Yangon-based independent policy institute. “A Study on Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s International Trips” by the Tagaung Institute of Political Studies documents the Myanmar military chief’s trips overseas since he assumed the helm of the country’s armed forces in March 2011 from Snr-Gen Than Shwe, who had held the position since 1992. According to the report, the current military chief, 62, has made a total of 46 trips to 23 countries, ranging from neighboring China and India to Asean countries to Russia and western European countries, including Italy, Germany and Austria. In 2016, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing became the first Myanmar military chief to visit the EU in decades after he was invited to take part in a meeting with the European Union Military Committee (EUMC). The EU and other Western states believe that providing Myanmar’s army leaders with exposure to the West, where they can learn about the role and practices of professional armed forces, could have a positive influence. In April 2017, during his week-long visit to Austria and Germany, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing toured arms companies and met with senior military and defense officials, even reportedly taking a spin in a DA-62 light aircraft in Austria. In Germany, he visited the GROB aircraft factory, taking particular interest in light aircraft for reconnaissance and training. Despite the welcome he was given previously, the Myanmar military chief was accused by many in the international community of masterminding an “ethnic cleansing” campaign in 2017 following his troops’ clearance operations in northern Rakhine State, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after the army launched a counter-insurgency against the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Thai-Myanmar military ties reach new heights under Min Aung Hlaing , simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: Thai PBS NETWORK - Friday, 10 August, 2018
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