Chinese foreign minister visits Cambodia

China's foreign minister has visited Cambodia on a four-nation tour of Asia. Wang Yi promised a range of aid and called for speeding up talks on the South China Sea.

Wang took part in the handover ceremony for a national stadium built with a 160-million-dollar grant from Beijing. It will be used as the main venue for the South East Asian Games in 2023.

Wang met with Prime Minister Hun Sen and pledged to provide vaccines until Cambodia overcomes the coronavirus as well as support the country's economic recovery.

The two discussed South China Sea issues. Beijing asserts sovereignty over almost all of the waters and is in dispute with some countries in the region over its claims.

Discussions are underway over a code of conduct to prevent clashes, but negotiations have been delayed due to the pandemic.
Wang voiced hope the talks can be wrapped up next year, when Cambodia chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

China and Cambodia have strong ties. Hun Sen reportedly promised Cambodia's support on issues China sees as core interests. They include Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.