PHNOM PENH: The annual military exercise between China and Cambodia will go ahead this month despite concerns over the Covid-19 virus epidemic.
The Chinese ambassador to Cambodia, Wang Wentian, confirmed that the annual Golden Dragon military exercise between the two nations will continue and that China expressed its thanks to Cambodia for not discriminating against the country in the face of the epidemic.
The Phnom Penh Post quoted Wang as saying that the military exercise will go on as scheduled and that it highlighted the deep friendship between the two armies.
“I am confident that with the easing of Covid-19 (in China), the cooperation between China and Cambodia in all fields will improve.”
He said this when Cambodian Defence Minister Tea Banh handed over 300,000 face masks and other anti-infection clothing to the Chinese embassy for the Chinese military to use in its fight against the spread of Covid-19.
Wang said he was confident that China would succeed in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.
“Although the virus is very aggressive, it is not possible to prevent mutually beneficial cooperation between Cambodia and China.”
He added that the declaration from the Cambodian government to share China’s happiness and pain in the face of the deadly Covid-19 virus was highly appreciated.
Banh said that there would be no reduction in the number of troops in upcoming military exercise.
“Nothing has changed. Cooperation, including the preparation for the upcoming military training, will continue.”