The Chinese warship Zhenghe docked in Sihanoukville
Wednesday and will stay five days as part of a goodwill visit, a Chinese
Members of the Zhenghe’s crew of 400 will meet Cambodian
officials and play football with members of the Cambodian navy, said Man Zhong
He, military attache at the Chinese
Embassy in Phnom Penh.
The visit “is to improve the relationship between the
Cambodian and Chinese navies,” he said.
Cambodian naval officials were not available for comment.
Sihanoukville has been host to a number of international
naval visits in recent years. In October ships from both the French and
American navies made ports of call.
has been receiving direct military aid from the US
since 2007, while China
annually contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in mostly unconditional
aid to the country.