Chi­nese war­ships ar­rive on four-day visit

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus - Photo: Fresh News

THREE Chi­nese naval ves­sels on Wednesday docked at Si­hanoukville port for a four-day visit to strengthen ties be­tween the navies of Cam­bo­dia and China.

The war­ships will be in Si­hanoukville au­ton­o­mous port un­til Saturday.

Vice ad­mi­ral Tea Sokha, deputy com­man­der of the Royal Cam­bo­dian Navy, said yes­ter­day that the visit is to boost ties be­tween both coun­tries’ navies.

“The ar­rival of the war­ships’ is to strengthen the re­la­tion­ship and we will hold a joint-naval exercise,” Vice Ad­mi­ral Sokha said. “We do not plan to hold dis­cus­sions on any mil­i­tary as­sis­tance from China.”

The Chi­nese war­ships “PLANS Wuhu (FFG539)”, “PLANS Han­dan (FFG579)” and “PLANS Dong Ping Lake (AOR960)” are be­tween 135 me­ters to 179 me­ters long and weigh be­tween 4,000 and 20,000 tonnes.

Sok Touch, pres­i­dent of the Royal Academy of Cam­bo­dia, yes­ter­day said that there is noth­ing unique about Chi­nese naval ves­sels dock­ing in Cam­bo­dia, not­ing that US and Rus­sian war­ships have also docked in the coun­try’s wa­ters.

Mr Touch said that the ar­rival of the Chi­nese naval ves­sels only demon­strates the close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both coun­tries’ navies.

“Firstly, it is a sign of co­op­er­a­tion to­wards pro­mot­ing mar­itime peace and pro­vid­ing train­ing to our Cam­bo­dian navy,” Mr Touch said. “Se­condly, both Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen and Chi­nese pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping have de­ter­mined that Cam­bo­dia and China have good re­la­tions and we see the ar­rival of the war­ships as the strength­en­ing of naval ties.”

“Thirdly, it shows that our for­eign re­la­tions pro­vides equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for any coun­try’s navy to dock in Cam­bo­dian ter­ri­tory in a sign of peace and co­op­er­a­tion,” he added.

A state­ment from the Chi­nese em­bassy said this is the fourth time that Chi­nese war­ships have vis­ited Cam­bo­dia in re­cent years.

“Af­ter the cer­e­mony, peo­ple got into and vis­ited the war­ships,” the state­ment added. – Kh­mer Times

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