Beijing officially completed its sale of 12 Chinese-built Z-9 military helicopters to Cambodia’s government—paid for by a nearly $200-million loan from China—during a ceremony Monday at the Pochentong Air Force headquarters in Phnom Penh. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who last week visited Beijing, said at the ceremony that the transaction was a historical achievement that would allow Cambodia’s government to deal more effectively with disasters and fend off “criminals.” “The handing over of the 12 helicopters today is another new historical achievement among other achievements that the Chinese government has done to support Cambodia in an attempt to
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