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Golden Dragon exercise kicks off in Kampot

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RCAF commander-in-chief General Vong Pisen and Chinese Ambassador Wang Wentian oversee the 2020 Golden Dragon joint military exercise in Kampot province. Fresh News

The Kingdom and China today kicked off the annual military exercise in Kampot province’s Chumkiri district where about 3,000 soldiers of both nations descended upon a 10,000-hectare training area.

Dubbed  “Golden Dragon”, the exercise’ opening ceremony displayed troops and heavy weapons, including tanks, armoured personnel carriers and attack helicopters.

It focuses on counter-terrorism capacity and humanitarian activities.

RCAF commander-in-chief General Vong Pisen and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian arrived in the morning to inspect weapons, APCs and other military equipment before the upcoming live-fire drills.

Major General Pen Sokreth Vithyea, head of a working group in charge of the exercise, said today that the drill will continue until April 1.

He said that 265 Chinese soldiers and 2,746 Cambodian soldiers are participating in the drills.

Maj Gen Sokreth said the Kingdom has deployed six helicopters, nine tanks and 12 APCs and artilleries, while China uses six helicopters, nine APCs and other heavy weapons.

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