Chinese Ambassador Wang Wentian yesterday said Prime Minister Hun Sen’s upcoming state visit to China will further improve the relationship between both countries, while pushing in-depth development forward.
Mr Wang said during a press conference yesterday that Mr Hun Sen is set to meet President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other high-ranking officials in China from Sunday to Wednesday.
“During his visit, Premier Hun Sen will also sign agreements related to economic development, trade, investment and tourism,” he said. “I hope that after the visit, both leaders would have deeper political trust.”
Mr Wang added that he believes that leaders from both countries can exchange experiences on good governance, the economy and trade expansion during the visit.
China has become the largest source of foreign direct investment and tourism to Cambodia. For tourism alone, Cambodia received 1.6 million Chinese visitors last year, an increase when compared to 2017’s 1.4 million.
Mr Wang said Mr Hun Sen and Mr Xi will also further enrich cultural and tourism cooperation, and increase mutual understanding between the people of both nations.
“I am optimistic that both leaders will reach a fruitful bilateral relation and cooperation since we always meet and discuss all problems for the benefit of the two nations,” he said, adding that the two countries will also discuss strengthening law enforcement and security.
“The cooperation will also help prevent trans-national crimes such as illegal gambling, human trafficking, VoIP scams and drug trafficking,” Mr Wang said.
He added that China will always support Cambodia’s political situation and support Cambodia’s independence and territorial integrity, stressing that China and Cambodia are “iron buddies”.
On Monday, Mr Hun Sen said that this year will be the year of culture and tourism exchanges between Cambodia and China.
He said that tourism will be one of Cambodia’s main engines for economic growth in 2019.