On November 6, 2020, President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk at the Great Hall of the People.
Xi Jinping emphasized, we highly treasure the deep friendship with King Sihamoni and Queen Mother Monineath and are grateful for your letter of sympathy and generous donations after the outbreak of the COVID-19. King Sihamoni has just concluded his trip to Yan'an that King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Mother Monineath visited 50 years ago, a trip that carries forward and enhances friendship. Queen Mother Monineath has made special and important contributions to the ever-lasting friendship as well as cooperation and exchanges across the board between China and Cambodia. I awarded the Queen Mother the "Friendship Medal" of the People's Republic of China today to highly appreciate her special and important contributions to bilateral ties and to promote the deep friendship between the two peoples. We will continue our efforts to take the China-Cambodia comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership to a new level.
Sihamoni said, President Xi Jinping and his wife give us such courteous reception, and we are deeply impressed by the Chinese people's profound friendship with the Cambodian people. I have just returned from Yan'an of Shaanxi Province. I really admire the great achievements the Chinese people have made through unremitting pursuing of self-renewal and arduous efforts under the leadership of the CPC, and has gained a deep understanding of President Xi Jinping's thought of putting the people first. I am willing to work with President Xi Jinping to pass on and carry forward the deep friendship forged by leaders of the older generation of the two countries and write a new chapter in Cambodia-China friendship and cooperation. I sincerely hope that China could achieve new and greater development under the leadership of President Xi Jinping.
Monineath said, King Father Sihanouk and I are Chinese people's loyal and good friends. In more than six decades, I have visited China many times, and every time I visit China, I can feel the rapid development and changes that are taking place here. I am deeply moved by President Xi Jinping's awarding of the "Friendship Medal" of the People's Republic of China to me. I will continue to work for the Cambodia-China friendship.
Wang Huning, Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and others attended the meeting.