With China's assistance in its building and teaching, the Royal Cambodian Army Academy held the graduation ceremony of its first batch of cadets on January 24, 2013. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), and his party were invited to the ceremony.
In his speech, Hun Sen, Cambodia's prime minister, expressed that the Army Academy is a witness to the friendship between the two countries and also another highlight of the cooperation between the two countries. The first batch of cadets jointly trained by the two sides has graduated as scheduled, which has epoch-making significance. The Cambodian side is sincerely thankful to the Chinese side for its valuable assistance and is willing to seek closer cooperation to constantly develop the bilateral relations.
In his address, Qi Jianguo hoped that the cadets would make great contributions to the building of Cambodia and its military as well as the development of China-Cambodia friendship. China will, as always, support the building of the Cambodian military, strengthen pragmatic cooperation with the Cambodian military and make due contributions to promoting all-round development of the relations between the two countries and maintaining regional peace and stability.
Pan Guangxue, Chinese ambassador to Cambodia, Tea Banh, Cambodian deputy prime minister and defense minister, and Pol Saroeun, commander in chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), were present at the ceremony.
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