On the auspicious occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia and myself extend the most sincere greetings to Chinese compatriots working, studying and living in Cambodia.
I would also like to express my heartfelt thanks to all friends from both China and Cambodia who have long supported and contributed to the friendship between our two countries.
This is a moment of proud retrospect. For generation after generation over the past 72 years , the people of China have rallied behind the Communist Party of China in blazing the trail of socialism with Chinese characteristics through thick and thin, forever shaping the outlook of the country.
China’s comprehensive national strength has grown exponentially. Absolute poverty is a thing of the past.
Having accomplished the first centenary goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, the country is now marching in more confident strides towards the second centenary goal of building a great modern socialist country in all respects.
The path, the cause and the achievements we have accomplished together in the development of China and human civilisation are nothing short of monumental.
This is a moment of inspiring reality check. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chinese government has given the people’s interests top priority in its efforts to balance pandemic prevention and control, and economic and social development.
A total of 2.17 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, with more than one billion Chinese nationals receiving at least two doses.
To date, China has delivered 1.25 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines worldwide, especially to developing countries, which have greatly slowed down the spread of the pandemic, saving millions of lives.
In the first half of 2021, China’s gross domestic product registered $8.2 trillion, a year-on-year increase of 12.7 per cent. Good news keeps streaming in from various fronts, such as manned space missions, deep-water exploration, supercomputing, et cetera, attesting to the success of China’s innovation-driven development strategy instrumental to the “dual circulation” development model.
This is a moment of great changes for the world. China is a solid champion for peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit.
We will continuously promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation as well as the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
China’s development has been and will bring opportunities for the entire world. China chooses to stand on the right side of history and human progress, aligning itself with the common values of humanity for peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom.
Instead of confrontation, hegemonism and power politics, we stand for cooperation and mutual benefit.
This is a moment of honouring friends. China’s time-honoured friendship with Cambodia has been greatly strengthened in our joint efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic while promoting sustainable development.
Shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni and Her Majesty Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk made generous donation to the Chinese people, and Prime Minister Hun Sen visited China at a most critical moment.
China in return sent teams of medical experts to Cambodia in a timely fashion and provided the first batches and by far the vast majority of Covid-19 vaccines to Cambodia.
With the help of competent Cambodian departments, tens of thousands of Chinese nationals have been inoculated with Covid-19 vaccines in Cambodia.
These heartwarming and touching stories are most illustrative of a China-Cambodia community with a shared future.
This is a moment of profound harvest. Major projects in Belt and Road cooperation, such as the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone, the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway and the new Siem Reap International Airport, are making smooth progress.
Rice, bananas, mangoes, aquatic products and many more Cambodian agricultural products are exported to China.
We have stayed closely coordinated and supported each other on our respective core interests and major concerns.
Together, China and Cambodia are setting an example of mutual trust, mutual benefit, mutual respect, people-to-people connectivity and security cooperation.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my appreciation to the Cambodian media and readers who have long supported the development of China, and China-Cambodia relations.
I wish you all happiness and wellbeing.
I am convinced that by following the strategic guidance of our leaders and pooling the efforts of our peoples, the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Cambodia, and the China-Cambodia community with a shared future are bound to reach ever more new heights.
May the People’s Republic of China and the Kingdom of Cambodia enjoy peace and prosperity!
May the China-Cambodia traditional friendship go from strength to strength!
HE Ambassador Wang Wentian, on the 72nd Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.