King Norodom Sihamoni has expressed gratitude to China for its support in aiding the Kingdom’s fight against COVID-19.
King Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk are in China for a routine medical check-up and treatment in Beijing.
On Friday, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi paid a courtesy call on him on behalf of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
According to minutes of the meeting aired on National Television of Kampuchea on Saturday, King Sihamoni expressed his gratitude to Mr Wang for his courtesy as well as to Mr Xi and his wife Professor Peng Liyuan for welcoming them and paying high attention to his and the Queen Mother’s health condition.
The King thanked Mr Xi and the Communist Party of China and its people for their support to the Kingdom and Cambodians.
“H.E. Wang Yi told His Majesty the King about the situation of COVID-19 in the People’s Republic of China,” the minutes said.
A statement by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday said that the King underscored his “commitment to following the path of friendship” forged by King Father Norodom Sihanouk and successive generations of Chinese leaders, and carrying forward the friendship to the greater benefit of the two peoples.
It said King Sihamoni also congratulated China on its major achievements against COVID-19 under the able leadership of President Xi.
The King thanked China for supporting Cambodia’s battle against the disease and expressed readiness to increase bilateral experience sharing to better protect people’s lives and safety.
The statement said the two sides are working for a China-Cambodia community with a shared future based on a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
“The two sides may further strengthen solidarity and cooperation, enhance anti-epidemic experience sharing, and gradually resume normal work and life while keeping routine control measures in place,” it said.
It noted Cambodia offered China its steadfast support at a critical moment in its fight against the pandemic, including a visit by Prime Minister Hun Sen to China at the height of the epidemic to show his firm support.
In early February, Mr Hun Sen led a delegation to China where he met Chinese leaders to reaffirm his stance not to evacuate Cambodian officials and students in China.
“We will never forget these acts of friendship and assistance. In the same spirit, when cases were reported in Cambodia, we shared Cambodia’s pain,” the statement said.
The statement adding that “We sent a government expert group, the first to China’s neighbours, and a military expert group, one of the first sent by China globally, and offered much needed medical supplies.”
Kin Phea, director general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said yesterday the good relationship between the nations was strengthened through royal family connections, politics, security, economics and culture.
“Officials at all levels from both nations have been strengthening this relationship, especially during the pandemic. They have expressed support for each other,” he said.