The friendship between Cambodia and China goes back to ancient times. Seven hundred years ago, Zhou Daguan, official of Yuan Dynasty, recorded the prosperity of Angkor Period and harmony between the two sides in detail. So far, China has become the biggest trading partner, import source and investing source of Cambodia.
With the deepening cooperation between China and Cambodia, many projects landed on Cambodia, such as the bridge across Mekong River, Sihanoukville Economic Developmental Zone, expressway from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Kamchay power plant built by Sinohydro Group Ltd. in Kampot Province and so on, which manifested China and Cambodia’s shared political consensus, demand of joint development and complementarily mutual-beneficial cooperation.
China-ASAEN Expo (CAEXPO): the promotor of China-Cambodia cooperation
Bilateral shared demand has been transferred to economic benefit by CAEXPO.
“On my first attendance to CAEXPO, I planned to attend it ten times. My wish came true in this year,” said Hun Sen on September 11 of 2017, who attended CAEXPO more than any other ASEAN countries’ leaders.
What attracted Hun Sen to attend CAEXPO so many times? The reason is that Cambodia performs well in CAEXPO:
Cambodia totally used 1475 booths in the 14th CAEXPO with 778 enterprises participating as exhibitors and 18 promotion seminars being held.
Cambodian commodities gradually gained their popularity in China with the market shares climbing year by year. Jasmine Rice, the most popular product in CAEXPO, was the convincing proof. In addition, there were many popular characteristic products, including Cambodia’s agricultural products and food like organic brown sugar, textile and garments, jewelry and handicrafts, furniture and woodware.
Cambodian enterprises have reached a partnership with Chinese enterprises in CAEXPO. Cambodian enterprises like Mega Asset Management Co., Ltd., Angkor Beer and Golden Rice Co., Ltd. entered Chinese market via CAEXPO; Chinese enterprises like Shanghai Construction Group, China Road & Bridge Corporation and China Datang Corporation built new bases for capacity cooperation in Cambodia with their resources and strength.
To serve as the country of honor once again, Cambodia continues to write a new story
2018 marks the 15th anniversary of foundation of strategic partnership between China and ASEAN, the 15th anniversary of foundation of CAEXPO and the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between China and ASEAN, from which the friendship between China and ASEAN will have a brand-new development.
In this March, CAEXPO going on a tour around ASEAN countries firstly came to Cambodia. The Cambodian Exhibition successfully held in Phnom Penh unveiled the curtain of 15th CAEXPO’s activities of country of honor. Xiongbo, Chinese ambassador to Cambodia said in the opening ceremony of Cambodian Exhibition, “Cambodia will serve as the country of honor once again, all sectors of Cambodia are about to participate actively in the exhibition and events, expecting to deepen the cooperation with China and other ASEAN countries.”
The 15th CAEXPO will be held from September 12th to 15th in Nanning with the 11th-time attendance of President Hun Sen. Cambodia continues to enjoy pavilion D10 as a stand-alone pavilion with 145 booths to demonstrate its agriculture, infrastructure, SMEs, educational culture and tourism. Kampong Thom has been announced as the “City of Charm”.
Cambodia will compose a new chapter for Cambodia-China cooperation in the platform of CAEXPO.