China and Cambodia gun for ‘harder than steel’ ties to fend off foreign forces

China delivers its neighbour pandemic aid and the handover of a new stadium as well as promises to buy more Cambodian agricultural goods. Wang Yi tells Hun Sen China hopes to conclude negotiations of the South China Sea code of conduct with Asean during Cambodia‘s rotating presidency next year.

China and Cambodia have vowed to resist pressure from outside their relationship, with Beijing calling for ties that are “harder than steel” amid tension with some Asean nations over the South China Sea.

“Cambodia is willing to strengthen communication with China to prevent extraterritorial forces from disrupting regional affairs, and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said during his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday.

He said Cambodia would continue to “firmly support China’s legitimate position” on issues regarding its core interests, such as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang , according to China’s foreign ministry.

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