KAMPONG SPEU, Cambodia, Cambodia and China launched the second joint drill on counter-terrorism and humanitarian rescue, at a training field in the Maras Prov Mountains here, on Saturday.

Some 280 soldiers of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and 216 soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), are involved in the drill dubbed: "Dragon Gold 2018," which will last till Mar 31.

RCAF commander-in-chief, Gen. Pol Saroeun, said, the exercise is part of the activities the two countries have organised, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"The exercise is vital to exchange experience and further strengthen bilateral cooperation, on anti-terrorism and humanitarian work," he said, in a speech, during the opening ceremony.

He said, Cambodia highly values the drill with China, which will contribute to increasing capacity for the RCAF.

It will increase China-Cambodia readiness and responsiveness to challenges, in the fight against terrorism and in the humanitarian tasks, he said.

Zhang Jian, army commander of the Southern Theatre Command of the Chinese PLA, said, the exercise is designed to bolster cooperation and friendship between the two armies.

It will further enhance cooperation between the two countries on terrorism fighting and humanitarian rescue, and contribute to maintaining peace, stability and development in the two countries, the region, and the world.

Cambodia and China conducted the first joint drill in Dec, 2016, focusing on humanitarian rescue and disaster relief, at the Army Institute, in south-western Kampong Speu province.

Source: NAM News Network