Wang Yi: Make the China-Cambodia Friendship Stronger than Iron and Steel
2021/09/13

On September 12, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi jointly met with the press after holding talks with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn in Phnom Penh.

Wang Yi said, Cambodia is China's iron-clad friend and friendly neighbor. This is the second visit by the Chinese foreign minister to Cambodia after the outbreak of COVID-19. In the backdrop of profound changes in the international situations and the lingering of the pandemic both unseen in a century, the visit is aimed to send a clear signal to Cambodia that China values and strongly supports its old friends, and send a clear message to the outside world that China and Cambodia will work together to fight the pandemic, speed up economic recovery and uphold international justice.

Wang Yi stressed that Cambodia has defied power politics and not been yielded to bullying, showing strong national character. China will continue to fully support Cambodia in safeguarding state sovereignty and national dignity, firmly support Cambodia in independently choosing its development path, and firmly support Cambodia in developing economy and improving people's livelihood. Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn and I held productive talks and reached the following six consensuses.

First, implement the high-level consensus and assist each other on issues concerning each other's core interests. China will fully support Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen in leading the People's Party in smooth governance and help Cambodia maintain development and stability.

Second, continue to work together to fight the pandemic and bridge the "vaccine gap". We firmly oppose the politicization of origin tracing of COVID-19, and oppose any country spreading a political virus or undermining global cooperation against the pandemic.

Third, jointly build Belt and Road with high quality, promote cooperation in infrastructure, production capacity, 5G and other fields, help Cambodia speed up its industrialization process, expand imports of high-quality Cambodian agricultural products, and steadily implement the construction of the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone and the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway.

Fourth, uphold a people-centered development philosophy and deliver greater benefits to the two peoples through China-Cambodia friendly cooperation. China will increase assistance to Cambodia for the construction of schools, hospitals and roads, strengthen people-to-people exchanges and build public support for bilateral friendship.

Fifth, jointly promote East Asia cooperation and China-ASEAN relations to a new level, speed up the alignment of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor with the Lancang-Mekong Economic Development Belt, and support the progress of regional integration.

Sixth, strengthen solidarity and coordination, say no to power politics, fight against bullying, and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability, international equity and justice, and the common interests of developing countries.

Wang Yi pointed out that the China-Cambodia friendship has not only brought benefits to the two peoples, but also provided an example for building a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind. In our relations, we never rank countries according to their sizes, and we adhere to equal consultation and mutual respect. We never attach political strings to our cooperation, make no "empty promises", and oppose "lip service". We believe that mankind shares a common future and that all countries' interests are closely linked. We should treat each other with sincerity for common development and progress. We are ready to work with the brotherly Cambodian people to advance China-Cambodia cooperation in all areas, make the China-Cambodia friendship stronger than iron and steel, and make greater contributions to the revitalization and development of our respective nations and countries.

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