China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday donated 150 Chinese-made luxury cars and office equipment to Cambodia’s National Defense Ministry.
The handover ceremony was presided over by Defense Minister General Tea Banh and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian at the Win-Win Memorial in Chroy Changvar district, Phnom Penh.
General Banh hailed China’s assistance which reflects the strong commitment of the leaders of the two countries in the field of national defense and the promotion of Cambodia-China friendship and cooperation as “friend to all ordeal”, a relationship that continues to develop.
The donation of this equipment comes at an important time as the Cambodian Ministry of Defense urgently needs to develop foreign military relations, especially as the ministry is heavily involved in Cambodia’s leadership role as President of ASEAN in 2022, he said.
“This valuable material will be used in important works closely related to international relations,” General Banh said.
Separately, General Banh said that Cambodia and China are discussing plans for joint exercises in the near future, but he could not confirm the number of soldiers and military equipment planned to take part in the exercise. .
The new exercise with China will be staged on an unprecedented scale and will involve all branches of the military.
The Chinese side will train soldiers and provide equipment to be used in large-scale drills with Cambodia, he said.
Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian said, “The Cambodian and Chinese armies are brothers who know each other in their hearts, and partners who talk less and do more.
The assistance provided by the Chinese Ministry of Defense to the Cambodian Ministry of Defense is a practical activity in which the Chinese support the organization of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings, he said. he indicates.
“China also hopes Cambodia will play a more proactive role in regional security. The Cambodia-China friendship has reached a new level of unity as an inseparable entity,” Wang added.
Kin Phea, director general of the Institute of International Relations at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said yesterday that China’s military aid will alleviate many of Cambodia’s shortcomings as the Kingdom chairs ASEAN and needs more luxury vehicles to transport international delegates to the ASEAN Summit.
Critics of the aid program do not value the relationship between one country and another country. If the two countries have good relations in all fields, providing aid is normal for friendship, he said.