Cambodian King Supports Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese Media

King Norodom Sihamoni told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Cambodia would further support his overseas investment strategy, which has been criticized by the U.S.


King Norodom Sihamoni said during a visit to Beijing that Cambodia is prepared to further support China’s overseas investment strategy, known as the “Belt and Road Initiative”, state-owned Chinese media reported Wednesday.

King Norodom Sihamoni is on a three-day visit to Beijing to attend the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which attracted hundreds of attendants from across Asia, including government leaders and heads of state.

He met bilaterally with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which he said “his country stands ready to promote the Belt and Road Initiative with China,” Chinese media agency CGTN reported.

In a 2-minute news video published on CGTN’s website on May 14, King Sihamoni expressed gratitude for China’s strong long-term support and Chinese president Xi Jinping reportedly said that “China supports Cambodia in following a development path…in line with its national conditions.”

BRI is Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy initiative and involves massive strategic investment in businesses and infrastructure across the globe, with an emphasis on developing countries in Asia and along the old Silk Road to Europe.

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