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April 2012
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Trung hoa, cpc By Vong Sokheng and Shane Worrell
Monday, 02 April 2012
Phnom Penh Post
A weekend meeting between Chinese
President Hu Jintao and Prime
Minister Hun Sen concluded with
millions in loans and aid agreed to
and a clear message: neither nation
is in a rush to deal with the prickly
South China Sea dispute.
At the Saturday one on one, which
included a vow to double bilateral
trade by 2017, the Chinese president
told Hun Sen that, while his nation

favoured a declaration of conduct for
the disputed sea, moving “too fast”
would only serve to inflame regional
tensions, Sry Thamrong, a
spokesman for the premier, said.
Dodging dispute
Both countries agreed that the South
China Sea dispute, which involves
four ASEAN member states and
won’t officially be a part of the
summit’s agenda, should not be
“internationalised”, Sry Thamrong
“[If it is raised], we would talk about
the implementation of a DOC
[Declaration on the Conduct of
Parties in the South China Sea]. In
principle, we want to keep resolving
the issue within the framework of
ASEAN,” he said, adding that
Cambodia “cannot prohibit” a
country from talking about the
dispute at the summit.
During the meeting, China pledged
almost US$40 million in grants and
more than $30 million in loans to
Cambodia, while Hun Sen asked Hu
Jintao for an annual loan of between
$300 million and $500 million for
infrastructure, irrigation and
electricity, Sry Thamrong said.
Looming loans
Other issues focused on by the “all-
round cooperation partners”
included trade, security, irrigation
and tourism, Sry Thamrong said.
Another significant area of
cooperation is China’s pledge of
support for Cambodia’s candidacy as
a non-permanent member of the UN
Security Council for 2013-2014.
The two leaders also agreed to target
a doubling in bilateral trade to $5
billion by 2017, government
spokesman Khieu Kanharith said.
Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker Son
Chhay said he was concerned about
the number of loans Cambodia was
taking from China and how close the
two countries were becoming.
“It’s a move away from the neutrality
that Cambodia is supposed to
support as a country,” he said. “By
giving so many loans to [us], China is
able to control Cambodia’s policy.”
The loans had not been benefiting
the majority of Cambodians, Son
Chhay said.
“Cambodia has to move away from
China and its influence over the
country – the government has to
take more caution and more serious
thought before taking any more
loans from China.”
Arguable alliance
Son Chhay also questioned
Cambodia’s decision to side with
China on the South China Sea
“You cannot ignore the requests
made by the ASEAN states.
Cambodia has to play the role as a
representative of ASEAN, not a
representative of China. ASEAN
[members] want to deal with China
in a collective way, not an individual
Son Chhay said it benefited China

and disadvantaged other ASEAN
states to try to settle the sea dispute
one on one.
“China is powerful and is able to use
its position to dominate any bilateral
discussions with any individual
“The way of solving this [dispute]
should be done correctly . . .
through ASEAN and China.
“If it continues to kneel to China,
Cambodia will no longer represent
ASEAN in general.”
The opposition party lawmaker said
he had written to the Chinese
president asking him to abandon
“controversial environmental
projects” funded by the Chinese
government such as the
“environmentally disastrous” hydro
dam project in Koh Kong province.
‘No strings attached’
Phil Robertson, deputy director of
Human Rights Watch’s Asia division,
also questioned the value of China’s
support for Cambodia.
“Sadly, China’s unstinting support
and ‘no strings attached’ assistance
continues to undermine international
efforts to press PM Hun Sen and his
government to respect the
international human rights standards
and contributes to poor economic
governance by countenancing crony
projects and big land concessions to
well-connected Chinese companies,”
he said.
Council of Ministers’ Press and Quick
Reaction Unit spokesman Ek Tha
could not be reached for comment.
In total, Hun Sen and Hu Jintao
signed 10 co-operation agreements,
including deals to widen national
roads 6 and 44, build an irrigation
project in Battambang province,
construct Koh Tom Bridge in Kandal
province and improve the special
economic zone in Preah Sihanouk
China has also pledged support for
agricultural initiatives as Cambodia
pushes to export a million tons of
rice this year.
Hu Jintao also met with King
Norodom Sihamoni, Senate
President Chea Sim and National
Assembly President Heng Samring
during his visit.
To contact the reporters on this
story: Vong Sokheng at
Shane Worrell at
Additional reporting by Reuters


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