Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen endorses ‘One China’



Hun Sen endorses ‘One China’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Xi Jinping, president of China and the Communist Party, and Prime Minister Hun Sen shake hands in October at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

Hun Sen endorses ‘One China’

Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to supporting Beijing’s One China policy during a meeting with a Chinese official, a stance one expert called “obsequious”.

State-run media outlet AKP quoted Kao Kim Hourn, an official attached to the Prime Minister in charge of foreign affairs, as saying the premiere had on Friday “reiterated the Kingdom’s irreversible stance” during a meeting with Sun Chunlan, a member of the Communist Party of China’s central committee. Kim Hourn said he was unable to answer questions when reached yesterday.

According to a summary of the meeting posted on the premier’s Facebook page, Hun Sen thanked China for its contributions to the development of the Kingdom, and said China’s aid supported the country’s “political sovereignty”.

“China has contributed so much to the development of Cambodia,” the post reads.

Southeast Asia expert Carl Thayer of the University of New South Wales, said Hun Sen’s embrace of the One China policy represented a “mix of realism combined with a dash of opportunism”.

“Hun Sen has perfected the art of being obsequious toward Beijing in order to solicit aid and political support,” he said in an email. “Chinese aid to projects in Cambodia serve[s] to bolster the Hun Sen regime as he can direct the funding toward projects that garner the most domestic support.”

But Cambodia’s devotion to the One China policy has rankled Taiwan in the past. Last year, tensions ran high as the Kingdom refused to send a group of criminal suspects back to Taiwan, instead deporting them to mainland China.

Frances Lee, spokeswoman for Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, yesterday said that Taiwan wanted a “constructive relationship with Cambodia based on the principle of mutual respect”.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • Angkor provides ‘valuable’ water storage

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has stored millions of cubic metres of water at reservoirs in the Angkor area after Cambodia experienced a series of rainstorms over the last few days. The storing of the water, besides serving temple conservation, will also be used to

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from