Inside the stadium 150 million USD China gave Cambodia

Morodok Techno Stadium worth 150 million in Phnom Penh was handed over to Cambodia by China after 8 years of construction, with a capacity of 60,000 people.

The handover ceremony of Morodok Techno Stadium took place on September 12 with the attendance of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China financed the Morodok Techno stadium construction project because Cambodia is a “close friend” of this country.

Morodok Techno Stadium was started in 2013, completed after 8 years with the participation of 340 Chinese engineers and 240 Cambodian workers. Cambodia plans to use Morodok Techno Stadium to host the 32nd SEA Games in 2023.

Inside the Morodok Techno stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 12.  Photo: AFP.

Inside the Morodok Techno stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 12. Photo: AFP

The work is designed like a boat with two structures nearly 99 meters high at each end, to represent the relationship between the two countries because “the Chinese used to sail to Cambodia hundreds of years ago”, Minister Du said. Thong Khon calendar said. Surrounding the stadium is a moat with fountains, inspired by Cambodia’s iconic Angkor Wat temple.

Morodok Techno has a capacity of 60,000 people, including an international standard football field, Olympic standard swimming pool and a running track. In addition, the stadium also has a gym, indoor gym, water sports center and can host cricket, basketball and badminton matches.

“We couldn’t have imagined that Cambodia would have such a big stadium before, but China helped us make it happen,” Prime Minister Hun Sen said at the handover ceremony of Morodok Stadium. Techno on September 12. “The stadium is the fruit of the strong friendship between Cambodia and China.”

Outside Morodok Techno Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 12.  Photo: AFP

Morodok Techno Stadium has two structures nearly 99 meters high at either end. Photo: AFP

China sponsors many infrastructure projects for developed countries under the framework of the Belt and Road initiative. Beijing helps many countries build airports, roads and freight routes, but the stadium is one of the most funded projects.

China funds, designs and builds more than 100 stadiums in Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to a report published in the journal Habitat International 2019. Some experts call this activity China’s “stadium diplomacy”.

Cambodia and China have maintained a close relationship for many years. China grants, lends and invests billions of dollars in Cambodia, most recently a $272 million aid announced during the visit of Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Grandstands, running track and football field inside Morodok Techno stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 12.  Photo: AFP

Grandstands, running track and football field inside Morodok Techno stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 12. Photo: AFP

China also supported Cambodia to build more than 2,000 km of roads and 7 major bridges across the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers, and aided and sold Covid-19 vaccines to Cambodia to cope with the pandemic.

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”.

Nguyen Tien (Follow Insider)

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