China’s international minister Wang Yi visiting Cambodia to debate virus, commerce
PHNOM PEHN: China’s Overseas Minister Wang Yi is visiting Cambodia, the place he’s anticipated to fulfill with Prime Minister Hun Sen and different officers to debate COVID-19 and different regional points.
Cambodia’s international ministry mentioned Wang’s conferences on Sunday (Sep 12) and Monday would come with discussions of commerce and safety as properly.
Wrapping up a go to to neighboring Vietnam on Saturday, Wang mentioned China deliberate to donate three million vaccine doses to the nation, which is beneath a lockdown to include a COVID-19 surge.
China is Cambodia’s greatest investor and closest political associate. Beijing’s help permits Cambodia to ignore Western issues about its poor document in human and political rights, and in flip Cambodia usually helps Beijing’s geopolitical positions on points equivalent to its territorial claims within the South China Sea.
In current months, the US has expressed concern about their ties and urged Cambodia’s leaders to keep up an impartial and balanced international coverage that might be in its individuals’s finest pursuits.
The issues partly have centered on China’s building of latest amenities at Ream Naval Base in Cambodia and the potential for its navy to have future basing rights there.
Ream faces the Gulf of Thailand that lies adjoining to the South China Sea, and holding basing rights in Cambodia would prolong Beijing’s strategic navy profile significantly.