Cambodia has sought tactical gear and military accessories for its counter-terrorism special forces from China.
Lieutenant General Mao Sophan, Commander of Brigade 70 said that the equipment is to be used for security operations in Phnom Penh and a military parade scheduled for next year, China Mil reported Tuesday.
Lt Gen Sophan said that he also asked for equipment and machinery to clear 17,000 hectares of land in Kampot province to be used as a training ground for live-fire drills.
China has approved $139 million in aid to Cambodia’s armed forces, an unnamed senior was quoted as saying by the news daily.
Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat said that the announcement was made by Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe on Sunday.
In a Facebook post, Gen Sucheat said that the aid is meant to develop Cambodia’s military sector. “Both sides are committed to building a stronger mutual relationship, especially in the military sector,” he said. “China kindly made a pledge during the 60th anniversary celebration of China-Cambodia diplomatic relations.”