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China brings trucks and uniforms

China donated 26 military trucks and 30,000 military uniforms to the Ministry of Defence at a ceremony at the Trucking Battalion No 99 headquarters on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on Friday as part of China and Cambodia’s military cooperation program.

Chinese Ambassador Bu Jianguo, who presided over the ceremony, said she “believe[d] that all the military materials will be useful for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces”.

“We wish for the friendship and cooperation of the two governments and the two armies to be deep,” she added.

Ministry of Defence secretary of state Moeung Samphan lauded the handover.

“The aid is timely as Cambodia is facing a shortage of military materials,” Samphan said.

Cambodia National Rescue Party spokesman Yim Sovann said yesterday the opposition supports military aid to protect territorial sovereignty, and asked China “to ensure that military aid [is] not [used to] threaten and intimidate human rights”.

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