China Signs Deal With Cambodia Army, Rebuffing U.S. Warnings

Beijing also in talks with Solomon Islands on basing warships. U.S. told Cambodia that China’s military threatened security.

The Chinese and Cambodian armies have signed a memorandum of understanding, as Beijing seeks to deepen regional security ties amid increasing competition with the US.

Senior commanders from the ground forces of the two militaries sealed the agreement in a video call on Thursday, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Wu Qian told a regular news briefing in Beijing. He did not elaborate on the details of the agreement.

“China and Cambodia are close neighbours and ironclad friends,” Wu said. “In recent years, the pragmatic cooperation between the two militaries in various fields, including strategic communication, joint exercises and training, exchanges and personnel training, has continued to deepen.”

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