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Chinese FM Wang visits Cambodia to discuss virus and trade


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting Cambodia, where he is expected to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials to discuss COVID-19 and other regional issues

PHNOM PEHN, Cambodia – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting Cambodia, where he is expected to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials to discuss COVID-19 and other regional issues.

Cambodia’s foreign ministry said Wang’s meetings on Sunday and Monday will also include trade and security talks.

China is Cambodia’s biggest investor and closest political partner. Beijing’s support allows Cambodia to ignore Western concerns about its poor human and political rights record, and Cambodia in turn generally supports Beijing’s geopolitical positions on issues such as its land claims at sea. from southern China.

In recent months, the United States has expressed concern over its ties and urged Cambodian leaders to maintain an independent and balanced foreign policy that would be in the best interests of their people.

Part of the concern has focused on China’s construction of new facilities at Ream Naval Base in Cambodia and the potential for its military to have future base rights there.

Ream faces the Gulf of Thailand which borders the South China Sea, and holding basic rights in Cambodia would significantly expand Beijing’s strategic military profile.

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ABC News