Friday, June 25, 2010

China Donates Military Trucks to Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKMSEY KONGKEA

General Chhum Socheat, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, said that the People’s Republic of China has promised to give a total of 257 new military trucks and 50,000 military uniforms to Cambodia.

The Peoples Republic of China promised to donate 257 military trucks and 50,000 military uniforms during a meeting between Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and the Chinese President Hu Jintao in Shanghai while he was officially visiting Shanghai, China, in May 2010.

Socheat said that now as promised, the Chinese ship named “NA DANXIA” which carried a total of 257 military trucks has landed in Sihanoukville Port in Preah Sihanouk province on June 18th, 2010.

“We are happy and honored as China has provided a total of 257 military trucks to the Kingdom of Cambodia in order to promote and strengthen a deeper military cooperation between the two countries in the future. We commit that we will use these military trucks for the sake of the Cambodian military purpose only in Cambodia,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview on June 18th.

He stated that according to the plan, the China’s military trucks will be driving to Phnom Penh on the 21st of June in order to make a handing over ceremony of the vehicles which will be made under the presidency of General Moeung Samphan, Secretary of State in Ministry of National Defense at the Military Airport in Phnom Penh, and a signing ceremony which will be made between the Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh, Minister of National Defense and Chinese government’s representative on 23rd June at the Headquarter of Ministry of National Defense in Phnom Penh.

He said that China had a history of supporting the Cambodian military, having funded the construction of a military training school and a military hospital. He added that the Royal Government of Cambodia also plans to purchase additional military lorries from China for the use of the Ministry of Interior, but had not yet received information about the exact cost of each vehicle. /

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