China, Cambodia to hold joint drill on disaster reduction

Source:Xinhua Editor:Yao Jianing 2016-11-30

BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese and Cambodian armies will stage a joint drill featuring humanitarian rescue and disaster alleviation in Phnom Penh from Dec. 11 to 26, China's military spokesperson Yang Yujun told a press briefing Wednesday.

A total of 97 land troops from the Southern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army and 280 from Cambodia will take part in the drill, Yang said.

The event aims to strengthen collaboration in the operations of humanitarian rescue and disaster reduction as well deepen pragmatic cooperation, the spokesperson said.

In another development, Yang said the Chinese army has expressed grave concerns over armed conflicts near the China-Myanmar border, calling on all parties involved to take effective measures and strengthen military control in the area.

The Chinese army has strengthened patrol and safety protection along the border and has prepared for various emergencies, Yang said, adding that the army will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security, as well as the safety of people's lives and property.