Interior Minister Sar Kheng is expected to sign a security deal on preventing transnational crimes, such as human trafficking and terrorism, during his four-day official visit to China.
Mr Kheng and his delegation left Phnom Penh on Wednesday for Beijing. There he is expected to meet senior Chinese ministry officials.
His trip to China was made after Chinese State Councillor and Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi visited the Kingdom in May, where both sides agreed to boost cooperation in the field of combating cybercrime.
Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak yesterday said the delegation comprised of senior ministry officials, including secretary of state Ngy Chanphal, Counter Counterfeit Committee head General Meach Sophana and General Department of Immigration director-general General Kirth Chantharith.
According to a National Police statement yesterday, Mr Zhao invited Mr Kheng to China.
“Besides meeting with officials from China’s Ministry of Public Security, Minister Sar Kheng will meet his counterpart Chen Wenqing, Chinese Minister of State Security,” it said, adding that a number of security agreements are expected to be signed.
“During this visit, Samdech Sar Kheng plans to sign deals involving security cooperation between the two governments,” it said.
“We will focus on anti-transnational crimes measures, anti-human trafficking measures, anti-terrorism measures and anti-drug trafficking measures. We will also focus on the development of law enforcement personnel.”
Gen Sopheak yesterday said 2019 is the year of law enforcement cooperation, calling the deal with China “necessary”.
“The security sector is very important,” he said. “We need to cooperate with each other in order to crack down on crimes effectively. We need to share experience and information together. We cannot work alone.”
“For example, if a foreign criminal hides in our country, we will cooperate to send them back to where they came from,” Gen Sopheak added. “The other country will too cooperate with us. This is very necessary.”
He noted that the two nations have in the past cooperated on the deportation of Chinese criminals from the Kingdom.
According to a GID report, Cambodia has deported a total of 14,909 foreigners from 93 different countries since 2014. Among them, 1,649 Chinese nationals were deported for allegedly committing economic crimes.
In February, Chinese Ambassador Wang Wentian said Chinese and Cambodian government officials are monitoring Chinese criminal activities in the Kingdom.
“China has set this year to be the year of law enforcement, cracking down on Chinese people who commit acts of crime,” Mr Wang said at the time. “Both of our countries consider this year as the year of law enforcement cooperation between Cambodia and China.”