Phnom Penh (FN), Oct. 12 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi that the EBA preferential scheme will be gone one day, but Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) will last forever.

The statement was made when the two leaders presided over the signing ceremony of CCFTA at the Peace Palace Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s Strongman underlined that the signing of Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) today marks great importance.

“The EBA preferential scheme will be gone one day, but CCFTA will last forever,” Sophalleth quoted Prime Minister Hun Sen as saying.

China and Cambodia have become the ironclad friends that share weal and woe.

In a courtesy call on Premier Hun Sen today, Minister Wang Yi recalled the former’s working visit to Beijing in February during China’s most difficult time in combatting COVID19. The Chinese top leaders are deeply touched with Cambodia’s gesture, which reflects the long-lasting relations of traditional friendship, solidarity, and fraternity.

Wang Yi conveyed regards of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Prime Minister Hun Sen and reiterated China’s support for Cambodia’s independence and sovereignty. He also briefed to Premier Hun Sen the results of his meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong and Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn on comprehensive strategic partnership between Cambodia and China.

Cambodia is the first country of Minster Wang Yi’s tour to Southeast Asia. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying announced Friday that Wang Yi will pay official visits to Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, and Thailand, and pay a transit visit to Singapore from 11-15 October 2020.