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General Banh off to China for military talks

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Defence Minister General Tea Banh is set to attend a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe during his trip to China this week.

“Both sides will discuss cooperation and bilateral relations,” ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat said yesterday.

Gen Sucheat said Gen Banh will leave the Kingdom today and be in China from Friday to Tuesday.

“General Tea Banh will leave Phnom Penh International Airport at about 7am on Thursday and he will return to Cambodia on October 23,” he said.

He noted that the Chinese government supports Cambodia’s armed forces by sending military equipment and allowing servicemen to study in China.

“Every year, the Chinese government helps to train more than 200 Cambodian soldiers in China,” Gen Sucheat said.

According to a press release by the ministry yesterday, Gen Banh will attend the opening ceremony of the World Military Sporting Event on Friday in Hubei province’s Wuhan city before joining the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing to discuss regional security.

It said this year’s theme for the sporting event is “Sharing Friendship and Promoting High Peace”.

“General Tea Banh will discuss some important topics related to security problems in the region,” the ministry said, noting that Gen Banh will deliver a speech on security.

Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Insitute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said Cambodian and Chinese military officials conduct visits to boost cooperation between the two countries.

“China and Cambodia cooperate in all sectors, including defence,” Mr Phea said. “Cambodia has bought a lot of weapons from China.”

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