China gave Cambodia $272 million in aid when Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Prime Minister Hun Sen to discuss regional and international issues.
The aid was announced by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 12, when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the Southeast Asian country. However, Prime Minister Hun Sen has not detailed what the aid will be used for.
Hun Sen and other Cambodian officials discussed with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Covid-19 prevention, trade, investment, education and security issues.
Earlier, the Cambodian Foreign Ministry said that Cambodian and Chinese officials would discuss regional and international issues of mutual concern in discussions with Mr. Wang on September 12-13.
At the handover ceremony of the new stadium with a capacity of 60,000 people on the outskirts of the capital Phnom Penh on September 12, Prime Minister Hun Sen praised China for supporting the construction of the project. Cambodian Tourism Minister Thong Khon said the Chinese government provided $160 million for the Morodok Techo stadium construction project.
“In the past, we could not have imagined that Cambodia would have such a big stadium, but China helped us make it happen,” Prime Minister Hun Sen said. “The stadium is the fruit of the strong friendship between Cambodia and China.”
In a press conference after talks with Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said “let’s make the China-Cambodia friendship stronger than iron”.
Prime Minister Hun Sen also mentioned China’s support in building more than 2,000 km of roads and 7 major bridges spanning the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers, as well as donating and selling Covid-19 vaccines to Cambodia for Cambodia. deal with the pandemic.
However, Mr. Hun Sen affirmed that Cambodia does not rely entirely on China but also makes friends with all countries in the world, welcoming their aid for the country’s development. The US is one of the countries donating Covid-19 vaccines to Cambodia.
Relations between the US and Cambodia have recently deteriorated in the context of the Southeast Asian country tightening cooperation with China. The US also expressed concern about China’s help in building new facilities at Cambodia’s Ream naval base. However, Cambodia insists that China will hand over the base upon completion and that the Southeast Asian country has full rights to use the base.
Nguyen Tien (Follow AP)