Defending the government’s decision to cancel joint military exercises with the U.S. for the next two years, Defense Minister Tea Banh said on Wednesday the military had more important work to do—namely to ensure the stability of upcoming elections.
“If we focus too much on exercises, it will cause us to miss important jobs,” General Banh told reporters after leaving a closed-door annual meeting at the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ (RCAF) high command headquarters in Phnom Penh.
Defense Minister Tea Banh attends an annual meeting at the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ high command headquarters in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
“In 2017 and then in 2018, there are events in Cambodia. I am not talking about political issues, but about the military sector, in which we need to

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