Joint Patrols Highlight Vietnam-Cambodia Maritime Ties

The latest iteration of the interaction offered a window into an aspect of the bilateral defense relationship.

Last week, Vietnam and Cambodia held another iteration of their pre-scheduled list of joint maritime patrols. The development offered a glimpse into one manifestation of the defense realm of the bilateral relationship that both sides continue to develop in 2019 amid a range of other domestic and foreign policy developments.

As I have noted before in these pages, Vietnam and Cambodia, two neighboring Southeast Asian states, share a defense relationship as part of their wider diplomatic ties. Vietnam provides the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) with military equipment, infrastructure, and training, while both countries have also looked to manage more sensitive areas of the relationship such as outstanding issues over their shared 700-mile long border and managing illegal fishing.

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