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.