China and Cambodia Pledge to Forge Stronger Ties and Cooperation in New Era

China and Cambodia Pledge to Forge Stronger Ties and Cooperation in New Era

Phnom Penh, The Gulf Observer: Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, called for the establishment of a high-level China-Cambodia community with a shared future in the new era during the seventh Meeting of the China-Cambodia Intergovernmental Coordination Committee, co-hosted with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sun Chanthol in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

Wang Yi, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, emphasized the importance of building a China-Cambodia community with a shared future, asserting its role as a model for fostering a new type of international relations.

He urged both nations to strengthen political mutual trust, deepen comprehensive cooperation, and advance initiatives such as the “Industrial Development Corridor” and “Fish and Rice Corridor.”

Highlighting China’s commitment to providing new opportunities for countries, including Cambodia, Wang Yi stressed China’s readiness to promote an equal and orderly multipolar world and inclusive economic globalization.

In response, Sun Chanthol acknowledged the significance of the meeting, marking the first intergovernmental coordinating committee meeting since the establishment of Cambodia’s new government. He praised the growing cooperation between the two nations, citing the expansion of Chinese investment in Cambodia and the momentum generated by Belt and Road cooperation and the Global Development Initiative.

Cambodia reaffirmed its steadfast commitment to friendship and cooperation with China and expressed willingness to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in alignment with the action plan formulated between the two nations.

Both sides agreed to intensify high-level exchanges, deepen governance experience sharing, strengthen defense cooperation, and jointly combat transnational crimes.

Furthermore, they committed to expeditiously formulate the cooperation plan for the “Industrial Development Corridor” and advance the preliminary design of the China-Cambodia Railway. They also pledged to implement the China-Cambodia free trade agreement with high quality and promote tourism exchanges under the “China-Cambodia People to People Exchange Year.”

In a show of regional solidarity, both countries reiterated their support for the peace and stability of the region, emphasizing the importance of fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and advancing negotiations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC).

The fruitful discussions and agreements reached during the meeting underscore the deepening partnership and shared commitment between China and Cambodia towards fostering mutual prosperity and regional stability.