A delegation from the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh met Preah Sihanouk authorities on Monday to discuss security issues involving its nationals.
The visit was prompted by media reports that traffic violations and fighting have risen due to the increase in the number of Chinese nationals in the province. However, police have denied this.
Led by Chinese Commercial Counsellor Li Jie, the delegation met Preah Sihanouk Governor Yun Min to discuss ways to better protect Chinese residents.
“They came to discuss security for Chinese nationals and assured us that Cambodia laws shall be respected to avoid problems. On our part, we shall ensure their safety, provided they respect our laws.”
Min also rejected criticism from some quarters that the Cambodian seaside town is becoming the Kingdom’s “Macau” as the number of Chinese-owned casinos increases.
“Our priority is to improve the economy and development and safeguard security and safety to ensure prosperity.
Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief Chuon Narin said the delegation also met him to discuss security matters.
Narin said there were currently about 20,000 Chinese nationals living in the province, but the total figure could increase to about 40,000 if short-stay workers are included.
However, he denied that crimes committed by Chinese nationals were on the rise. “Of the crimes that happen, only about one percent relates to foreigners, and these are mainly traffic violations ... Cambodians also commit such crimes,” he said.