China and Cambodia gun for ‘harder than steel’ ties, shutting out pressure from foreign forces

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China and Cambodia gun for ‘harder than steel’ ties, shutting out pressure from foreign forces

  • China delivers its neighbour pandemic aid and the handover of a new stadium as well as promises to buy more Cambodian agricultural goods
  • Wang Yi tells Hun Sen China hopes to conclude negotiations of the South China Sea code of conduct with Asean during Cambodia‘s rotating presidency next year

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, right, and visiting Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, second from left. Photo: XinhuaCambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, right, and visiting Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, second from left. Photo: Xinhua
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, right, and visiting Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, second from left. Photo: Xinhua

China and 

 have vowed to resist pressure from outside their relationship, with Beijing calling for ties that are “harder than steel” as it moves to firm up relations with Southeast Asia against a backdrop of rising tension with some  nations over the .

“Cambodia is willing to strengthen communication with China to prevent extraterritorial forces from disrupting regional affairs, and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said during his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday.

He said Cambodia would continue to “firmly support China‘s legitimate position” on issues regarding its core interests, such as issues of Taiwan, Hong Kong and 

, according to China’s foreign ministry’s readout on Monday.

Wang visited Cambodia on Sunday and Monday, amid 

 that includes Vietnam, Singapore and South Korea.

During a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn on Sunday, Wang said China would continue to provide vaccines and other material support for the country to fight the pandemic. China would also import more of the Southeast Asian nation’s agricultural products and promote the “sustainable development of its industrialisation”, adding that China was willing to make ties between the two nations “harder than steel

Associated Press reported Hun Sen saying on Sunday that China had pledged more than US$270 million in aid to his country. On the same day, Wang officially handed a new stadium over to Hun Sen. Beijing provided a US$160 million grant to build the 

, which has a capacity of 60,000 people.

Wang visited Southeast Asia two weeks after US Vice-President Kamala Harris’ toured the region and amid escalating tensions between the two great powers in the disputed South China Sea where China has overlapping territorial disputes with several countries, including Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.

During the meeting with Hun Sen, Wang said China hoped it would finish negotiating the South China Sea code of conduct with Asean during Cambodia‘s rotating presidency of the bloc next year.

 claimed last month Beijing now appeared to rush the conclusion of the code of conduct because it regarded it “as a way to undermine the ” by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled in favour of the Philippines and rejected Beijing’s claims over the maritime areas.

Cambodia has been Beijing’s closest political partner in the 10-member Asean group. It blocked a move by the group to issue a joint statement rebuking China regarding The Hague ruling in 2016.

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