Vice-Senior General Soe Win is the
Tatmadaw Deputy Commander-in-Chief and a member of the
National Defense and Security Council (NDSC). In May
2012, President Thein Sein appointed him to the working
committee of the regime’s team responsible for
negotiating with Burma’s ethnic armed groups.
Soe Win is close to former SPDC Vice Sr Gen Maung Aye.
Win graduated from the 22nd intake of the Defense Services
Academy (DSA) in 1980. In June 2008, he became Northern
Regional Command Commander. In August 2010, he became
Chief of the Bureau of Special Operations-6 (BSO-6),
which oversees military affairs in Arakan and Chin States
and Magwe Division.
Northern Regional Command Commander from 2008-2010,
Soe Win was involved in numerous cases of corruption
and extortion. In particular, he received bribes from
companies dealing in jade, timber, and gold in exchange
for mining concessions. In one case, he accepted a 150
million kyat (US$149,254) bribe from a group of Chinese
teak businessmen in China’s Yunnan Province in
exchange for allowing illegal teak trade on the Sino-Burma
border. In March 2010, he ordered Tatmadaw soldiers
in Hpakant, Kachin State, to collect funds from jade
his tenure as Northern Regional Command Commander, Soe
Win also pressured the Kachin Independence Army (KIA)
to join the Border Guard Force (BGF) under the control
of the Tatmadaw. Despite numerous meetings between July
2009 and August 2010, Soe Win failed to persuade the
KIA to accept the regime’s BGF scheme.
Win was also a staunch supporter of the Myitsone dam
project in Kachin State. In March 2010, he held meetings
with local Christian leaders urging them not to oppose
the construction of the US$3.6 billion dam. In May 2010,
Soe Win announced a five million kyat (US$5,102) reward
for information leading to the capture of those responsible
for the 17 April serial bomb blasts near the Myitsone
dam construction site.
Deputy-Commander-in-Chief, Soe Win remained involved
in overseeing the Tatmadaw’s military operations
against the KIA. Despite widespread evidence of Tatmadaw
attacks against the KIA, in September 2011, Soe Win
said that the regime had not launched any offensive
against the Kachin armed group.