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Myanmar's armed forces will intensify their co-operation with the Japans military because of historic ties between Myanmar's military and Japan, said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, in Zeyathiri Beikman Hall on Tuesday mornings, where he meeting Gen Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff of the Japans Self-Defence Forces.
Hkakarborazi Room, The Hotel Royal ACENay Pyi Taw, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar 19-21 May, 2014Preliminary Activities ProgramDownload! Senior General Min. Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Service, held a meeting with ASEAN representatives at Zeyathiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar on Friday for the third ASEAN Defence Industry Collaboration ADIC workshops.
It concentrated on co-operation between ASEAN to build a fellowship of peacemaking and stabilization, weapons manufacturing in ASEAN and the reforms under way in Myanmar.
What's behind Myanmar's big new military exercise?
This is the first tri-service drill in over two decade-long periods that needs to be considered from a wider view. The Myanmar military conducted its first tri-service drill in over two decade-long period from February 2-4. These exercises confirm the military's commitment to continue its modernisation, even with ongoing global monitoring of its behaviour.
Myanmar's military, known as Tatmadaw, is said to comprise some 400,000 soldiers and is one of the largest military units in Southeast Asia from a technical point of view, but its capability continues to fall well short of that of some of its neighbours. Recognizing this fact, Myanmar's military leader Min Aung Hlaing has tried to further evolve and modernise the body to what he recently called the "standard army", with a multitude of moves, among them the acquisition of new arms, the establishment of relations with overseas military personnel and the attempt to enhance areas such as recruiting and outreach.
That is still the case today, although part of this trial was hampered by the elections of Myanmar's first civil rule in half a hundred years and world control over the Rakhine state's handling of Rohingyas. And, although this is a complex and continuous endeavor, Myanmar's military capability tends to attract widespread interest internationally on certain opportunities, whether military drills or service jubilees, as we saw last December with the celebration of the 1970th birthday of the country's AAF.
The Tatmadaw concluded the first large tri-service training in over two decade-long period last week. Called Sinbyushin - the name of an 1800s former military kings of Burma known for its battles against China and Siam (now Thailand) - the practice included three day-long activity and took place just south west of the town of Pathein, where the southwest commando of the Armed Forces is now.
More than 8,000 soldiers took part in the drill, which also covered 500,000 hectares of farmland and was prepared for about two month with staff and a whole series of military armaments from the armed forces, navies and aviation.