Chinese President, First Lady meet Cambodian King, Queen’s mother

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan had a cordial meeting with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Friday.
Xi pointed out that over the past 65 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Cambodia, no matter how the international landscape evolved, the China-Cambodia friendship has lasted and shown new vitality, and their bilateral relations have become a model of international relations.
This is due to the profound friendship forged and nurtured by the older generation of Chinese leaders and former King Norodom Sihanouk, Xi said.
Noting that King Norodom Sihamoni and the queen mother have witnessed China’s reform and development, Xi said they have always cared about China’s development and are good friends of the Chinese people.
Xi said the goal of awarding the Friendship Medal of the People’s Republic of China to the queen mother in 2020 was to thank her for her special contribution to China-Cambodia friendship.
“We should take over the baton of China-Cambodia friendship, let the ironclad friendship between the two countries be passed down from generation to generation, and write a new chapter in building the China-Cambodia community with a shared future,” Xi added. He emphasized that the Communist Party of China is uniting and leading the Chinese people of all ethnic groups in advancing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization and is committed to peaceful development and win-win cooperation on the new journey of the new era. –Agencies