Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 24 – The Royal Government of Cambodia is in consideration of purchasing two warships equipped with modern weapons and missiles from China to strengthen its maritime defense capacity, a Cambodian Navy officer said.

In a meeting with Chinese Adm. Yu Man Jiang this morning of Feb. 24, Navy Commander Tea Vinh told his Chinese visitor that Cambodia was really in need of two warships from China, and that the warships would be used only for national maritime defense. “The ships could be just about 140-meter long; could accommodate over 100 marines each and are equipped with modern weapons and defensive missiles,” he added.

On his part, the visiting Chinese Adm. said the two countries would continue to improve relationship and cooperation especially through joint maritime exercises. “China’s army and Cambodia’s would promote closer relationship so that the two countries could join hands in maintaining security and peace in the seas as well as in the region,” said Adm. Yu Man Jiang.