South China Sea: as tensions mount, Wang Yi vows Beijing to be by Cambodia’s side no matter what

Wang also met Hun Manet’s father Hun Sen, the President of the Senate, who was prime minister for nearly 40 years.

Hun Sen reaffirmed that Phnom Penh’s stance towards Beijing remained friendly and unchanged and he called the two countries “close friends and strategic partners”.

After taking office last year, Hun Manet visited China and met President Xi Jinping, sending a clear message that Phnom Penh’s China-friendly policy prevailed despite growing rivalry in the Asia-Pacific region related to the South China Sea.

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