China offers military credit to Cambodia

19 June 2018

China has agreed to provide Cambodia with more than USD100 million in aid to support the modernisation of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), the government in Phnom Penh has announced.

The funding will be provided through a defence co-operation agreement (DCA) signed by the two countries during Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe’s two-day visit to Cambodia, which ended on 18 June.

Also under the DCA, China will donate additional military equipment to the RCAF to support the service’s counter-terrorism efforts and the two militaries will look to expand military training and education programmes.

The Cambodian government did not elaborate on how the military aid will be spent by the RCAF, although other lines of credit provided by China have usually been spent on procuring Chinese military platforms.

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