Beijing (FN), Sep. 16 – Chinese premier Li Qiang prepared a long red carpet and a guard of honour to welcome Cambodian prime minister Hun Manet on 15 September 2023 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

After the official welcoming ceremony, premier Hun Manet and premier Li Qiang had a bilateral meeting in a very cordial manner.

Li Qiang warmly welcomed Samdech Thipadei and the Cambodian high-level delegation and highly appreciated Samdech Thipadei for choosing China as the first country for an official visit abroad since taking office last month.

Premier Li Qiang briefed the importance of Sino-Cambodian relations and many benefits that the two nations have enjoyed, particularly in the last 10 years.

Premier Hun Manet thanked his Chinese counterpart for allowing him and his delegation to pay a courtesy call and discuss work for two times in this September. He highly appreciated China’s wonderful gesture, warm hospitality and brotherhood.

Taking this occasion, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet also thanked the country and the people of China for their attention and warm welcome to the visit of Cambodian king Norodom Sihamoni and queen mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk in Beijing.

Prime minister Hun Manet also informed the Chinese premier of Cambodia's firm stance on adhering to "One-China Policy".

Manet also supported the 3rd Belt and Road Initiative Forum and confirmed his participation. In addition, Cambodia is ready to continue to implement the agreed projects and strive to find new projects for the better benefit of the two peoples.

As a testament to the strong ties and solidarity, both leaders presided over a signing ceremony of 15 documents. Both leaders pledged to further support each other in the regional and international frameworks for the benefit of the two peoples.

In addition, Samdech Thipadei asked his Chinese counterpart to consider projects related to energy security, infrastructure systems, investment incentives, implementation of Diamond Cooperation, and tourism recovery.

For his part, premier Li Qiang thanked Samdech Thipadei for his proposal and pledged to continue to cooperate and push for the implementation of these projects.

Before concluding the meeting, premier Li Qiang reaffirmed to Samdech Thipadei that China will continue to support and cooperate with Cambodia in all fields.