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Who is Myanmar's coup leader and what does he want?

Time the world started asking questions about General Min Aung Hlaing

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The commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, pictured in July 2018: who is he, what is he like and what is he up to?   © AP

Nicholas Coppel is a retired Australian diplomat who served as ambassador to Myanmar from 2015 to 2018.

In the Western world's rush to condemn Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for the forced exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine State into Bangladesh, little was said about the role and responsibilities of Myanmar's commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.

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