King Norodom Sihamoni will leave for Beijing today to attend the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in order to strengthen Cambodia-China relations.
Oum Daravuth, an adviser to the Queen Mother’s secretariat, yesterday said that the King will be accompanied by a delegation of senior government officials, following an invitation by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“I just know that His Majesty will leave the Kingdom tomorrow [today] to join the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing starting on Wednesday,” Mr Daravuth said yesterday.
Under the theme of exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a community with a shared future, the conference includes an opening ceremony and sub-forums, Xinhua reported Xu Lin, director of China’s State Council Information Office, as saying.
More than 2,000 government officials and representatives of various circles from 47 Asian countries and other countries outside the region will attend the opening ceremony and forums, Mr Xu, who is also vice president of the event’s executive committee, noted.
A grand Asian culture carnival, an Asian civilization week, and an Asian food festival will also be held during the event.
The culture carnival is expected to gather around 30,000 people from home and abroad, Mr Xu said.
The food festival will be held in four cities: Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and Chengdu.
Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said he will attend the conference, noting that Asian civilization forums will allow countries to showcase their culture and civilization to the international community.
“The King’s visit to Beijing will also strengthen ties between Cambodia and China,” Mr Phea said. “The conference is also provide a chance for us to showcase our culture and tourism potential.”