Golden Dragon military exercises to be bigger

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Soldiers take part in the exercises earlier this year. KT/Mai Vireak

The joint Cambodia-China Golden Dragon 2019 military exercises will be carried out on a larger scale than this year’s in Kampot province’s Chol Kiri district in March, a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces commander said yesterday.

General Ith Sarath, deputy commander and chief of staff of RCAF, said that he discussed having a bigger-scale exercise with Colonel Sheng Ynlai, a representative of China’s PLA, at the general command headquarters on Monday.

“The 15-day joint military drill will involve counter-terrorism and humanitarian rescue exercises and there will be an increase in troops and equipment from both sides,” Gen Sarath said, noting that details are still being worked out.

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Col Sheng said that the exercise will further cement close ties between the armed forces of China and Cambodia.

Weapons are displayed at the exercises earlier this year. KT/Mai Vireak

Both sides are expected to share their experiences in counterterrorism tactics and rescuing people during disasters.

This year’s Golden Dragon exercise started on March 17, a date chosen to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and China.

The Golden Dragon is a dry-run of the required response to an outside threat to the security and population of the Kingdom.

It aims to strengthen the alliance of both military forces in combating terrorism; maintain stability; assist in disaster relief; and, in a general sense, safeguard peace and security nationally and globally.

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Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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