Three helicopters, eight armored personnel carriers and other military materials from China arrived in Cambodia yesterday and today a few days ahead of a military exercise between the Cambodian and Chinese military in Kampong Speu province.
General Chhum Sucheat, spokesman for the Defence Ministry, said that three helicopters had arrived in Cambodia on Tuesday while eight armored personnel carriers and other military materials arrived yesterday for the joint military exercise in Samraong Tong district.
“All military materials and vehicles from China arrived,” Gen Sucheat said, noting that six helicopters and eights armored personnel carriers belonging to the Cambodian military are slated to join the exercise that begins on Saturday.
“We will hold the joint military exercise between the Cambodian army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army on the morning of March 17,” Gen Sucheat said, adding that Defense Minister Tea Banh is scheduled to preside over the closing of the exercise on March 29.
General Ith Sarath, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, declined to comment today but on Monday said that the Chinese military will foot most of the bill for the exercise.
The joint military exercise will include 307 Cambodian troops and 216 Chinese troops, he added.
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