China’s position was underlined by H.E. Wang Huning, a Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of CPC and Secretary of the party’s Secretariat, during a meeting with Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, in Beijing, China yesterday, on the sidelines of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, according to H.E. Kao Kim Hourn, Delegate Minister Attached to the Prime Minister.
H.E. Wang Huning told Samdech Techo Hun Sen that the Chinese side had studied the impacts arising from the possible withdrawal of the European Union’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential scheme from Cambodia and found no serious impacts. China will find different ways to help Cambodia, he added.
H.E. Wang Huning stressed that Samdech Techo Hun Sen is a steel friend of China and its people and always pays attention to the core interest of Cambodia and China. He also congratulated the Cambodian Premier on obtaining the title of “Honorary Professor in International Relations” from the Peking University.
In reply, Samdech Techo Hun Sen spoke highly of the success of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, noting that the “Belt and Road” initiative of Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping had become the common goal of all countries participating in the forum.
Cambodia has since the beginning fully and firmly supported the initiative and the Kingdom has so far benefitted a lot from it, said the Prime Minister.
On the economic cooperation, Samdech Techo Hun Sen wants to see the Chinese companies continue their investment in Cambodia and asked the Chinese government to encourage other Chinese companies to do business in Cambodia by highlighting the Royal Government’s reform programme to improve the investment as well as its incentive policies to attract foreign investors.
Samdech Techo Prime Minister also requested the Chinese side to further open its market for Cambodian products, especially the agricultural ones.
There are currently more than 1,000 factories in Cambodia, of which 700 have been invested by Chinese investors.