China and Cambodia to begin annual military exercise to strengthen cooperation, fight terrorism

Cambodia and China begin their annual Golden Dragon military exercise this week to strengthen cooperation and exchange military experiences, a Cambodian official said on Monday (May 13).

A total of 1,315 military personnel from Cambodia and 760 from China will participate in the 15-day exercise, backed by three Chinese warships and 11 Cambodian ships, Cambodian army spokesperson Major-General Thong Solimo told journalists. He said the exercise, starting on Thursday, is aimed at training to fight terrorism and provide humanitarian relief in both countries as well as in the region.

The annual Golden Dragon exercises began in December 2016, shortly after Cambodia cancelled similar exercises with the United States called Angkor Sentinel.

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