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China Unveils Advanced Military Tech in Joint Drills with Cambodia

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In Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia, China unveils its latest military technology, including robot “battle dogs” equipped with machine guns, at the onset of its largest joint military exercises with Cambodian forces.

This unveiling occurs amid increasing US concerns over China’s expanding influence in Cambodia, notably through investments and infrastructure projects such as the enhancement of a Cambodian naval base.

Dubbed Golden Dragon, the joint drills involve over 2,000 troops, with 760 from the Chinese military, showcasing a diverse range of military hardware, including 14 warships, helicopters, and armored vehicles.

Exercises encompass scenarios like live-fire drills, counter-terrorism operations, and humanitarian missions, aiming to enhance combat and crisis response capabilities for both forces.

A highlight of the drills is the demonstration of “robodogs” – remote-controlled four-legged robots armed with rifles. Though handlers showcase their mobility, the full extent of their capabilities, including shooting skills, remains undisclosed to journalists and military officials.

Cambodia’s armed forces commander-in-chief emphasizes the drills’ significance in strengthening counter-terrorism abilities, reiterating opposition to foreign military bases on Cambodian soil.

This stance arises amid speculation about China’s intentions regarding the renovated Ream naval base, funded by Beijing and visited by Chinese warships.

The exercises symbolize China’s deepening military engagement with Cambodia, with reports suggesting Chinese warships at Ream aim to train Cambodian naval personnel for the Golden Dragon exercises. Despite assurances that Chinese troops won’t be stationed at the base, concerns linger about China’s strategic interests, particularly in the South China Sea.

These joint exercises mark a notable shift in Cambodia’s military collaboration, with previous joint drills with US forces canceled in favor of closer ties with China, reflecting China’s increasing sway in Cambodia and its efforts to strengthen military cooperation regionally.

Following a recent visit by China’s top diplomat, the exercises underscore a continued commitment to bolstering bilateral ties.

As China expands its military presence in Southeast Asia, these drills showcase its growing military prowess and strategic alliances in the region.

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