The Interior Ministry has signed a number of Memoranda of Understanding with China’s Public Security Ministry in order to expand law enforcement cooperation between the two nations.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng and senior ministry officials were in Beijing and returned to the Kingdom Saturday night.
On his Facebook page yesterday, Mr Kheng said the visit was meant to “enhance cooperation in the sector of security”, adding that the trip was made after Prime Minister Hun Sen and Chinese President Xi Jinping in January agreed to designate 2019 as the “Year of Law Enforcement Cooperation”.
According to the National Police, Mr Kheng and Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi met on Friday. It added that three agreements were signed.
These are: an MoU on anti-telecommunication fraud, a five year action plan between the two ministries and an agreement launching the “2019 Year of Law Enforcement Cooperation”.
“Samdech Sar Kheng and Mr Zhao Kezhi have valued good cooperation between law enforcement agencies of both countries – that have worked hard to fulfil responsibilities – and stand on the principle of respect for sovereignty,” it said, adding that Mr Kheng also met with high-ranking Communist Party of China member Guo Shengkun to discuss the same topics.
According to China’s Xinhua News Agency, the relationship between Cambodia and China is hailed as “the best ever throughout history”.
“Guo expressed a willingness for […] cooperation in fighting terrorism, cybercrime and telecom fraud,” it said, adding that Mr Kheng and Mr Zhao agreed to carry out joint law enforcement operations on other crimes, such as drugs and organised crime, too.
“Zhao also called for closer personnel exchanges and experience sharing,” it said. “Sar Kheng said Cambodia will work with China to implement important consensus of the two countries’ leaders and strengthen cooperation in combatting cross-border criminal activities.”
Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak last week said law enforcement cooperation with China was “necessary”.
“The security sector is very important,” Gen Sopheak said. “We need to cooperate with each other to crack down on crimes effectively. We need to share experience and information together. We cannot work alone.”
“For example, if foreign criminals hide in our country, we will cooperate to send them back to where they came from,” he added. “The other country will too cooperate with us. This is very necessary.”