China and Cambodia hold joint military naval exercises

China and Cambodia held military naval exercises for the first time in Cambodian waters, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said.

Three Chinese and Cambodian ships cooperated with each other to complete formation training and communication exercises on Sunday, the defense ministry said.

More than 200 officers and soldiers from the Army, Navy and joint logistics support units of the Chinese southern theater arrived at Sihanoukville, Cambodia, last week for the “Gold Dragon-2023” joint exercise with the Royal Cambodian Navy, part of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

The exercises will be held until June 8.

China and Cambodia held several consultations on the course exercise and ship coordination plans, state media reported.

(Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Writing by Bernard Orr; Editing by Gerry Doyle)