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China to provide security equipment ahead of major events

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General Neth Savoeun attends a meeting in China. National Police

The Chinese government will help Cambodia by providing security equipment and experience ahead of two international events to be held in the Kingdom in 2020 and 2023.

In a statement released on its website last night, the National Police said its chief General Neth Savoeun requested the aid during a meeting with Du Hangwei, vice minister of China’s Public Security Ministry in Beijing.

Gen Savoeun was in China for a three-day visit last week to discuss security cooperation between the two countries.

Cambodia will host the Asia-Europe Meeting in 2020 and the Southeast Asian Games in 2023, and the National Police said Gen Savoeun requested China’s help in providing security for both events.

“Gen Savoeun requested China to share their experience and provide equipment to help provide security during the Asia-Europe Meeting 2020 and the Southeast Asian Games 2023,” it said. “In response, China accepted and promised to help the Kingdom wholeheartedly.”

The National Police added that in China, Gen Savoeun visited Chinese companies producing experimental technology and the headquarters of the Chinese Olympic Committee.

General Neth Savoeun is shown a security drone. National Police

“Good experience was brought home in order to prepare a plan to ensure stability and security during big national and international events in the Kingdom,” it said.

Additionally, both sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the creation of a joint law enforcement office.

Gen Savoeun on Facebook yesterday said his trip to China is part of ongoing security cooperation between both countries.

“It is part of the comprehensive strategic partnership between top leaders from both nations,” he said, noting that his visit follows Interior Minister Sar Kheng’s recent trip to China.

In March, Mr Kheng and Chinese Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi signed a number of MoUs to expand law enforcement cooperation with China, including an MoU on how to avoid telecommunication fraud.

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