RCAF deputy commander General Ith Sarath has requested the Chinese military help teach the Chinese language to military officials.
Gen Sarath on Monday met with Brigadier General Xu Wenhua, deputy director of the Royal Academy of Artillery and Air Defence of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Phnom Penh.
According to a statement released on Monday, Gen Sarath sought cooperation in various areas in the military sector, including teaching military officials the Chinese language, as well as developing military infrastructure.
“General Ith Sarath requested that China send Chinese language teachers to Cambodia to help teach Cambodian military officials the Chinese language because Cambodia still lacks officials who can speak Chinese for their work,” the statement said.
Gen Sarath also asked China for cooperation on infrastructure construction, providing military equipment and helping train young military officials.
“I thank the Chinese army on helping to develop human resources and providing technical equipment for the improvement of the army,” Gen Sarath said.
In the statement, Brig Gen Wenhua said the Chinese army this year would focus on helping to strengthen human resources, including providing general knowledge, management and Chinese language skills.
“The aid plan on development this year is to focus on human resources,” Brig Gen Wenhua said in the statement.
He noted that four years ago, among other assistance programmes, China had helped build infrastructure for the Cambodian Army Institute.
Brig Gen Wenhua added that Chinese army will continue to cooperate with Cambodia in the future, noting that Chinese military experts will assess Cambodian military units to determine further development assistance plans.
He added that Chinese military experts will assess units such as tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and artilleries, as well as organise future training programmes for Cambodian military.
“Cambodia and China will work together to create training programmes for the development of the Cambodian military across seven field of studies, including among others engineering, artillery, air defence, communication and others,” Brig Gen Wenhua said.