The Foreign Affairs Ministry today issued a statement, highlighting the outcome of the working visit of Prime Minister Hun Sen to the People’s Republic of China amidst the spread of the Coronavirus..
According to the statement, the premier during the visit on February 5 had a bilateral meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and paid a courtesy call on President Xi Jinping.
In the statement, the ministry said Mr Hun Sen told the top Chinese leaders that his visit aims to show solidarity with the Chinese government and people in difficult times.
He also wishes to strengthen the spirit and belief of Cambodian people and students to keep staying in China while the Chinese authorities are taking concrete actions to tackle its challenges caused by the spread of Coronavirus, and to send a message to Cambodian people not to have more fears than the level of danger of CoronaVirus.
Mr Hun Sen expressed his condolences and symphathy on the loss of lives of people infected with the virus, and expressed his support for and praised the Chinese government for taking concrete and effective measures to treat the victims and prevent the spread of the disease to other areas in China and around the world.
He also expressed his appreciation to the Chinese authorities for their continued care for the safety, health and accommodation of Cambodian people and students at all regions in China.
The ministry noted that Mr Li and Mr Xi Jinping expressed his appreciation for Cambodia’s spirit of solidary and cooperation with the government and the people of China as a steel-based friendship and a partnership in building communities with shared future.
The Chinese leader also stressed that the Chinese government and people are confident in their ability to deal with the outbreak of the CoronaVirus and will be able to successfully overcome the socio-economic impact caused by the disease and China will continue to provide good care to Cambodian people as well as other foreign nationals.
The ministry said Mr Hun Sen and the two Chinese leaders also discussed extensively in bilateral cooperation and Chinese leaders have agreed upon a request for speedy negotiations in order to sign a Free Trade Agreement between Cambodia and China in the near future so that Cambodia will have more markets for her products.
Mr Hun Sen confirmed that Cambodia is taking concrete reform measures to improve the business environment to attract more investment from China and other countries and is also prepared for negative impacts in case of EU decision concerning Everything But Arms (EBA) arrangement.
Mr Li and Mr Xi pledged to urge Chinese companies to increase more investment in Cambodia and continue to provide more assistance for Cambodia’s development including the development in Sihanoukville.
Mr Hun Sen and the Chinese leaders also exchanged views on cooperation in multilateral frameworks and on international issues.