Senior Chinese Official and Cambodian King Reaffirm Bilateral Ties

A senior official of Communist Party of China and the Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on Saturday stressed the traditional friendship between the two countries and expressed hope that this friendship be promoted for future generations.

Zhou Yongkang, member of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee and secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, met with the king of Cambodia during his visit to the country and said the people of two countries have common desire to further consolidate the strategic Sino-Cambodian partnership in the second decade of the century.

As indicated, deepening this relationship is consistent with the fundamental interests of both sides and conducive to peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

The deep friendship fostered by the Cambodian royal family and several generations of Chinese leaders, has stood the test of time in the changing global situation, it is the common treasure of the two nations and peoples, said Zhou. This traditional relationship must be assumed by future generations, he added.

Zhou said China will always support to preserve Cambodian national unity, develop its economy and improve the welfare of its people, and also respect its own choice of development path that best suits the national conditions.

He said that since the Sihamoni ascended the throne in 2004, Cambodia has maintained political stability and economic growth, improved living standards and international status. In his opinion, under the leadership of King and Prime Minister Hun Sen, this Southeast Asian nation will achieve even greater progress.

For his part, Sihamoni said that the Cambodian people will always be grateful for the enduring support of China and its assistance in all aspects.

He said the Cambodian royal family has always been committed to the promotion of bilateral friendship, respect and hold in the one-China policy and is actively working with their Chinese friends to consolidate bilateral relations and inject new impetus to these ties.

Zhou arrived on Friday for an official goodwill visit.

Cambodia is the third leg of his tour of five Asian nations, after Nepal and Laos. He scheduled to leave on Sunday to continue his journey in Tajikistan and Mongolia.