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Xi Jinping Holds an Awarding Ceremony of the "Friendship Medal" of the People's Republic of China for Cambodian Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk

2020-11-06

On November 6, 2020, President Xi Jinping held an awarding ceremony of the "Friendship Medal" of the People's Republic of China for Cambodian Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk at the Great Hall of the People.

Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Party and the Honour Commendation Committee of the State Wang Huning attended the ceremony.

In the golden hall, the national flags of China and Cambodia were arranged in order in front of a huge red background board, on which the golden pattern of the "Friendship Medal" was especially eye-catching.

As soon as the ceremony started, the guard of honor of the Chinese People's Liberation Army goose-stepped into the venue, mounted the awarding platform, and lined up on both sides.

The golden door opened when the grand music was played. Xi Jinping and Monineath stepped into the hall. President Xi Jinping's wife Peng Liyuan and Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni accompanied them. All the guests stood up, applauded warmly and saluted with eyes.

Xi Jinping and Monineath walked onto the awarding platform.

A military band played the national anthem of the People's Republic of China.

Xi Jinping delivered a speech. He said, Queen Mother Monineath is an important witness and promoter of the China-Cambodia friendship. Queen Mother Monineath has forged a tight bond with China since she accompanied Prince Norodom Sihanouk to China in 1958 for the first time. Queen Mother Monineath has actively devoted herself to the cause of friendship between China and Cambodia in the past over 60 years, and has witnessed the development of the People's Republic of China. Queen Mother Monineath has special feelings for the Chinese people, and has actively supported exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in various fields, making outstanding contributions to promoting the development of China-Cambodia ties and enhancing the friendship between the two peoples.

Xi Jinping stressed, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Cambodia 62 years ago, the two countries have always supported and helped each other, forged an unbreakable iron-clad friendship, and become a strategic community with a shared future. The relations between the two countries have withstood various tests, and can be called a model of state-to-state exchanges, in which the Cambodian royal family has played an important and irreplaceable role. China stands ready to work with Cambodia to pass on and carry forward the traditional friendship between the two countries, which was forged by the older-generation leaders of China, Cambodian King Father Sihanouk and Queen Mother Monineath, and inject new impetus to the bilateral relations in the new historical period to bring more welfare to the two peoples.

Xi Jinping emphasized, the heavyweight medal represents the Chinese people's reverence for Queen Mother Monineath and our profound friendship with the Cambodian people, and also symbolizes the intimate friendly affections between China and Cambodia. Xi Jinping wishes China and Cambodia greater prosperity, the people of both countries happiness and health, and the friendship ever-lasting.

Then, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Director of the Party and the Honour Commendation Committee of the State Yang Jiechi read out the Order of Commendation of Chinese President.

The honor guards escorted the "Friendship Medal" into the hall.

Xi Jinping, in a solemn manner, wore the medal for Monineath. An enthusiastic applause broke out in the hall.

The military band played the national anthem of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

In reply, Queen Mother Monineath said, President Xi Jinping awarding me the "Friendship Medal" of the People's Republic of China fully reflects the friendship and brotherhood of China and the Chinese people toward me and the Cambodian people. I'm so happy and grateful to it. We will always remember the traditional friendship between Cambodia and China that was forged by King Father Sihanouk and the older-generation leaders of China. China has long firmly supported Cambodia's just cause and efforts in safeguarding national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, national peace, ethnic unity, and the development of various undertakings. I would like to express my sincerest thanks to the great CPC, the Chinese government, and the Chinese people. The Cambodian people will work with the brotherly Chinese people to consolidate the traditional friendship, strengthen unity and cooperation, and promote the continuous development of bilateral ties. I wish the CPC and the Chinese people greater achievements under the leadership of President Xi Jinping and the two countries ever-lasting friendship.

Attendees of the awarding ceremony also included Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC, Secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee Ding Xuexiang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC and Vice-Chairmen of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Wang Chen, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, State Councilor and Secretary General of the State Council Xiao Jie, Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Zhang Qingli, and Member of the Central Military Commission and Director of the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission Miao Hua, as well as representatives of friendly personnel from all walks of life of China and Cambodia.

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