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China Urges Rapid Formation of New Cambodian Government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd R), shakes hands with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen before a meeting in Phnom Penh, Aug. 21, 2013.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd R), shakes hands with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen before a meeting in Phnom Penh, Aug. 21, 2013.
China’s foreign minister has urged Cambodia to resolve its ongoing political deadlock and quickly form a new government.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was on a visit to the country, made his remarks Wednesday in Phnom Penh following meetings with his counterpart, Hor Namhong, and Prime Minister Hun Sen, amid a political crisis following last month’s national elections.

China's official Xinhua news agency said Wang congratulated Hun Sen on an election victory for his Cambodian People’s Party, despite ongoing protests by the opposition, which has rejected preliminary results showing a CPP win. Reporters were not allowed questions during the briefing.

“China is a good friend and good partner of Cambodia,” Wang said. “We hope that all [the] parties of Cambodia will peacefully discuss [the situation] in order to quickly put in place a new National Assembly and new government."

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party says last month’s election voting was deeply flawed and marred by irregularities. This has raised the prospect of a political deadlock, with the opposition threatening to boycott the National Assembly and calling for mass demonstrations if a proper investigation is not held.

The Rescue Party has demanded that an investigation be overseen by the U.N. or other outside observer, a demand the CPP has rejected. Both sides on Tuesday agreed to form an investigative committee.  

Wang told reporters Wednesday that China continues to support Cambodia, but does not condone “outside” interference in its political process.

Independent analyst Lao Monghay said Wang’s visit likely would help the ruling party, which has had less support from the West following the election.

“It’s strengthening the confidence of the Cambodian People’s Party, while there are few governments and foreign parties recognizing the election as free and fair,” he said.

He added that Cambodia’s election, which saw a surprising resurgence for the opposition, echoes the movements of the Arab Spring and has made it of interest to the West and the U.S.

“It can extensively spread to Vietnam, Laos and China, and so on,” he said. “This is only a matter of time."

Sok Touch, rector of Khemarak University, said China does not want to lose influence over Cambodia, especially with Burma making democratic reforms and looking toward the West.  

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Khmer service

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by: China Burns in Hell from: Your Days are Numbered
August 21, 2013 11:50 PM
If China does not condone “outside” interference in its political process, then China must shut up and go to hell! China is interference with Democracy in Cambodia!


by: Benjamin from: china
August 21, 2013 10:34 PM
I am a Chinese,.now I am still learning English, because I want to know the United States of America. before that ,I will not make any evaluation of the United States of america.I will never do such a thing ,just like you did .


by: Khmer-Empire from: Cambodia
August 21, 2013 10:04 PM
Cambodian people have been killed by Chinese's political, especially in Pol Pot regime and up to now. That is enough! China, you better stay away from Cambodia and let them find peace by themselves.


by: One from: San Jose
August 21, 2013 8:16 PM
Do not indulge too much in western media, it is full of lies and disinformation. The CPP won fair and square, it has the support from the majority of Cambodian people, many world leaders have sent congratulatory messages to Hun Sen. The western-backed opposition is a bunch of troublemakers and sore losers, they never won any election and their tactic is to never recognize the election result until they win - it is a proven failed tactic.

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by: malis from: lawrenceville, ga
August 22, 2013 12:45 AM
you should not live in the west.


by: Nancy sal from: USA
August 21, 2013 6:34 PM
China is a communist country, it doesn't know what is the democracy exactly and doesn't care about the democracy either.
It just know about killing and bloodshed only. So, China better
stays away from Cambodia's internal problem don't interferre it Because it is different regime between China and Cambodia.

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by: Benjamin from: China
August 21, 2013 10:13 PM
you have no idea what democracy means ,you don't understand communist ,you will never understand Chinese .

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