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Hun Sen renews stance on One China Policy

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Mr Hun Sen says Taiwan is not recognised as a country. KT/Khem Sovannara

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday reiterated support for the One China Policy and opposition against the creation of an independent Taiwan.

Speaking during an inauguration ceremony of the $50 million Chinese-funded Cambodia-China Friendship Tboung Khmum Hospital, Mr Hun Sen said Cambodia will always recognise that Taiwan rightfully belongs to China.

“China defends its independence and sovereignty so Taiwan will not split from it,” he said, noting that his stance is the same for other parts of troubled China. “Do not cause problems in Tibet and Xinjiang.”

“Taiwan is only a province of China. We allow Taiwanese companies to do business in Cambodia, but no Taiwanese flag will ever be flown here,” he added. “Respecting China’s sovereignty is the same as respecting Cambodia’s sovereignty.”

During his speech, Mr Hun Sen said China only wants to be friends with the Kingdom.

“We must understand clearly that first Cambodians will never allow Chinese control. Second, the Chinese do not want to dominate Cambodia,” he said. “Chinese foreign policy does not want to dominate anyone – China wants every country to be friends with it.”

“No country wants another country to control it,” Mr Hun Sen added. “China is not interfering in any countries’ internal affairs. I say this before the Chinese Ambassador and the public. It is my message for people in the country and the world.”

Kin Phea, director-general the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, yesterday said Mr Hun Sen is committed in protecting sovereignty.

“His comment was made in response to public worry about Chinese people and investment in the country,” Mr Phea said. “We respect the One China Policy – if we allow Taiwan to raise their flag here in Cambodia, it is the same as recognising Taiwan as an independent state.”

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