Cambodia-China Joint Military Drill Reflects Inseparable Friendship

A joint military drill dubbed “Golden Dragon” between the Royal Cambodian Armed Force (RCAF) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent out a message of inseparable friendship between the two.

The note was highlighted by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, while presiding over the closing ceremony of the joint military drill in Kampong Chhnang province on April 5.

The iron-clad friendship aims to promote a win-win approach toward shared destiny for humanity, continued Samdech Tea Banh.

The golden dragon exercise was crucial for Cambodia-China strategic relation responsive to the current changes and challenges in the world, and in line with the high commitment of the two governments.

The deputy prime minister also spoke highly of the effort and good cooperation of the drill organising committees to ensure a smooth and successful joint exercise.

The joint military drill was kicked off on Mar. 23 at the Royal Gendarmerie Training Centre in Peam commune, Samaky Meanchey district, Kampong Chhnang province.

The two-week-long exercise, the fifth of its kind, was themed “Security Operations in Major Events and Humanitarian Relief.”

According to RCAF Spokesperson Major General Thong Solimo, there were 583 Cambodian soldiers and 257 PLA soldiers involved directly in the drill.

The “Golden Dragon” military exercise, which began in 2016, aims to exchange experience and enhance the capacity of the RCAF and PLA in humanitarian operations, disaster rescue and counter-terrorism in the UN framework in accordance with the cooperation between the two countries’ Ministries of National Defence.