Over the weekend, Cambodia kicked off another iteration of one of the military exercises it has occasionally held over the past decade. The development spotlighted the state of the Southeast Asian state’s military amid wider domestic and regional developments.
As I have noted before in these pages, while the focus is often much more on Cambodia’s exercises with outside countries such as China, the country also periodically conducts drills of its own. One of these developments is the military exercise, codenamed Golden Hanuman. Per the government’s count, Cambodia has held three iterations of the exercise – in 2010, 2013, and 2018. Last year’s iteration involved more than 1,000 soldiers and featured several kinds of equipment, including artillery guns, helicopters, tanks, and rocket launcher mounted vehicles.