Vietnam-Cambodia Military Relations in Focus with Defense Minister Visit

The interaction highlighted some of the ongoing priority areas for the defense relationship heading into 2019.

Last week, a high-ranking Vietnamese defense delegation paid a visit to Cambodia. Though the engagement was just one of several between the two sides, it nonetheless highlighted some of the ongoing activity in the defense side of the relationship between both countries within the context of their respective domestic and foreign policies.

As I have noted before, Vietnam and Cambodia share a defense relationship which both sides tend to characterize as being a pillar in their wider diplomatic ties. Bilateral defense ties extend across several aspects, from Vietnam’s provision of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) with equipment, training and aid to the joint management of more sensitive areas of the relationship such as outstanding issues over their shared 700-mile long border.

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