Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New Chinese envoy comes bearing gifts



New Chinese envoy comes bearing gifts

Chinese ambassador to Cambodia Xiong Bo meets with Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon yesterday.
Chinese ambassador to Cambodia Xiong Bo meets with Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon yesterday. Heng Chivoan

New Chinese envoy comes bearing gifts

China's new ambassador to Cambodia, Xiong Bo, yesterday met with Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon, bearing a donation of more than $10,000 worth of office equipment requested by the ministry and more than $100,000 in funding.

The equipment consisted of 20 desktop computers, 10 laptops, three copy machines, 30 printers, 10 scanners, 100 desk phones, two LCD projectors, five air conditioners and a server.

“This equipment will meet the demand of the ministry, and it”s important to help with the daily work of the ministry to be more effective,” a statement from the ministry said.

The embassy will also provide a further donation of 800,000 yuan, or about $117,800, in 2016. Chum Sounry, spokesman for the ministry, said Sokhon had expressed his gratitude to the Chinese government for contributing to Cambodia's development.

The Kingdom has increasingly turned to China in recent years for aid – which doesn't come with Western-style admonitions on human rights – prompting some to accuse it of becoming a vassal state.

Cheng Hongbo, with the Chinese Embassy, said the ministry earlier this year had requested the equipment from the embassy.

The estimated value of the donated equipment was about $10,000.

“If other ministries make such request, we”ll consider it,” Hongbo said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Businesses in capital told to get travel permit amid lockdown through One Window Service

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued guidelines on how to get travel permission for priority groups during the lockdown of Phnom Penh, directing private institutions to apply through the municipality's One Window Service and limit their staff to a mere two per cent. In

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and