China, Cambodia to Kick Off Extensive Military Exercises Next Week

The Golden Dragon exercise, which has been held regularly since 2016, encapsulates the increasingly intimate defense ties between Beijing and Phnom Penh.

Cambodia will later this month host a major military exercise with China, which will feature extensive land, air, and maritime drills, the latest indication of the strong defense ties between the two nations.

According to a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA), which cited a Facebook post by the Royal Gendarmerie, the Golden Dragon 2024 exercise will be held on May 16-30, with drills to take place at the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces training center in Kampong Chhnang province, and in the waters and air space off Sihanoukville.

The theme of this year’s exercise, previously announced by China’s Defense Ministry, will take place under the theme of “joint counter-terrorism operations and humanitarian relief.”

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