Cambodia, China Begin 3rd Joint Military Drill

"Golden Dragon 2019", the third joint military exercise between the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) kicked off this morning in Kampot province.

The annual military drill, held at the live-fire training field in Trapaing Raing commune of Chumkiri district, was opened under the presidency of RCAF Commander-in-Chief Gen. Vong Pisen and Maj. Gen. Feng Xiang, a senior military officer of PLA.

Some 2,542 Cambodian soldiers and 252 Chinese soldiers are taking part in the military exercise from Mar. 13 to 27, 2019. Many different activities including counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, natural disaster response, UN missions, and infantry engineering will be conducted during the 15-day event.

Military equipment, such as armoured trucks, tanks, artillery, mortars, and helicopters will be used. The humanitarian rescue efforts as well as disaster relief skills will be included.

"Golden Dragon" was first held in 2016 with the participation of 280 Cambodian soldiers and 97 Chinese soldiers, focusing on humanitarian rescue efforts and disaster relief skills, while the second took place in March last year on counter-terrorism and humanitarian relief, with the participation of 307 Cambodian soldiers and 216 Chinese troops.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press