On March 6, 2017, President Xi Jinping met with King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia at Zhongnanhai.
Xi Jinping pointed out that the traditional friendship between people of China and Cambodia enjoys a long-standing history. China-Cambodia friendship is fairly precious as it was jointly initiated and meticulously fostered by the older generations of Chinese leaders and King Father Norodom Sihanouk. Entering a new historical period, China-Cambodia relations has again been endowed with vitality and thus achieved substantial development. I successfully exchanged visits with King Norodom Sihamoni last year. At present, the two countries share high political mutual trust and mutually beneficial economic cooperation, help each other to realize respective national development and intensify coordination in international and regional affairs. Having been actively committed to promoting the cause of China-Cambodia friendship for a long time, the Cambodian royal family has made important contributions to the development of bilateral relations. The Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with Cambodia to constantly push forward China-Cambodia comprehensive strategic cooperation to new highs, so as to better benefit the two peoples.
Xi Jinping stressed that in order to push China-Cambodia relations for continuous and in-depth development, both sides should maintain the momentum of high-level contacts, frequently visit each other like relatives and intensify communication and exchanges. Both sides should deepen mutually beneficial and practical cooperation, strengthen the integration of development strategies and vigorously advance cooperation in key projects. The two sides should also enhance coordination in multilateral affairs and constantly make contributions to safeguarding regional stability and the overall situation of China-ASEAN cooperation.
Norodom Sihamoni and Norodom Monineath Sihanouk expressed that with deep roots, Cambodia-China friendship becomes newer as time goes by. President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Cambodia last year has effectively consolidated Cambodia-China friendship and advanced Cambodia-China cooperation. The Cambodian royal family, government and people thank China for the long-lasting and profound friendship to the Cambodian royal family and the vigorous support for the national economic and social development of Cambodia. The Cambodian royal family will inherit King Father Norodom Sihanouk’s friendly policy towards China and actively boost the continuous development of bilateral relations.
President Xi Jinping’s wife Mme. Peng Liyuan, State Councilor Yan Jiechi and others were present at the meeting.