Cambodian PM Concludes Official Visit in China with Fruitful Results

AKP Phnom Penh, May 18, 2017 �

The high-level Cambodian delegation led by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen returned home yesterday after attending the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation and concluding official visit in China.

The delegation arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport at around 10:10 pm on a special flight and was greeted upon arrival by Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and many other senior government officials.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen brought home a lot of benefits through the bilateral relations and cooperation with China in terms of economy, trade, and tourism.

The Cambodian premier was among other Heads of State/Government from 28 countries who took part in the BRF for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 14-15. On the sidelines of the forum, Samdech Techo Hun Sen met with his Mongolian counterpart, and received some Chinese business leaders.

In his two-day official visit in China, Prime Minister Hun Sen paid separate courtesy calls on Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping, H.E. Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and H.E. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and had official talks with his Chinese counterpart H.E. Li Keqiang.

Besides, Samdech Techo Hun Sen held a press conference with Chinese media, and presided over the Cambodia-China Trade and Tourism Promotion Forum 2017.

During the visit, Cambodia and China signed seven documents to boost up more bilateral cooperation. The Chinese government has decided to extend 1,200 billion Yuan in grant aid to Cambodia for school construction, rural infrastructure development, and water well digging; and another 450 million Yuan as grant financing for expanding the capacity of a military hospital in providing treatment to veterans and the public, as well as accepted to buy 300,000 tons of Cambodian milled rice in 2018.

Cambodia and China established their diplomatic relations on July 19, 1958. On Dec. 13, 2010, they upgraded their bilateral cooperation to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, then on April 08, 2013 in Beijing, both nations’ leaders signed the action plan to carry out this comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation.

Year 2013 was declared the Cambodia-China Friendship Year as both countries celebrated the 55th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties, and they will mark the 60th anniversary next year.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press