On March 31, 2012, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni in Phnom Penh. The two sides conducted friendly talks.
Hu first of all asked Sihamoni to convey his cordial greetings and sincere wishes to Cambodia's King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.
Hu said that the Cambodian royal family has made extraordinary contributions to the development of China-Cambodia relations over the years. Sihanouk has close contacts with several generations of Chinese leaders and views China as his second hometown. Spanning over half a century, this great friendship has never been faded. It has been passed from mouth to mouth with approbation by the two peoples. Carrying forward the glorious tradition of Sihanouk, Sihamoni attaches great importance to developing the friendly and cooperative relations with China and has made new contributions to promoting the bilateral traditional friendship, which we highly appreciate. He pointed out that China cherishes the bilateral traditional friendship and will make every effort to push forward the bilateral all-round strategic partnership and benefit the two peoples in the principle of being a good neighbor and a good partner.
On behalf of Sihanouk, Monineath and the Cambodian people, Sihamoni expressed warm welcome to Hu. He said that Hu's state visit to Cambodia has historical significance and will boost the traditional friendship between Cambodia and China and achieve fruitful results. Cambodia always views China as the closest great friend. The Cambodian royal family will follow the path of friendship built by Sihanouk and consolidate and develop the friendly and cooperative relations with China.
Hu spoke highly of the political stability, ethnic harmony, sustainable economic growth and rising international status of Cambodia. He expressed confidence that Cambodia's national development will achieve greater progress under the leadership of Sihamoni and with the concerted efforts of the Cambodian government and people.
Sihamoni noted that the Cambodian people appreciate China's long-term support and help and sincerely wish China achieves greater development.
Prior to the meeting, Hu attended the welcome ceremony hosted by Sihamoni.
Hu's wife Liu Yongqing as well as Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo were present at the above-mentioned activities.