President Hu sends condolences over ex-Cambodian king's death
Chinese President Hu Jintao expressed his condolences Monday over the death of former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
In his message to reigning king Norodom Sihamoni and former queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, Hu also sent sincere condolences to the government and people of Cambodia.
Hu said the death of Sihanouk, who led the Cambodians to independence, national reconciliation and peaceful development, was a huge loss to the Cambodian people.
Sihanouk was a great friend of the Chinese people and had contributed much to the strengthening of the friendship between the peoples of the two countries, Hu said.
Hu also expressed his firm belief that, with the joint efforts of the two countries, the China-Cambodia relationship would continue its strong growth momentum, bringing benefits to both peoples.
On the same day, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin also sent condolence messages to senior Cambodian leaders over the former king's death.
Chinese Premier Wen visits Cambodian royals for condolence
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Cambodian Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk and her son, King of Cambodia Norodom Sihamoni, on Monday evening to express his condolence and sympathy following the death of King Father Norodom Sihanouk.
Wen spoke highly of Sihanouk's life, noting that the Cambodian King Father has made unremitting efforts and remarkable contribution to Cambodia's national independence and peaceful development.
"His Majesty King Father Sihanouk had devoted himself to promoting the friendship between Chinese and Cambodian people, and he himself was a great friend with the Chinese people," according to Wen.
The premier said he personally had forged a deep friendship with Sihanouk and would always cherish memories of the Cambodian King Father.
He also expressed his sympathy to the Queen Mother Monineath and King Sihamoni, saying China will always welcome the Queen Mother as it has done in the past.
Queen Mother Monineath and King Sihamoni both expressed their heartfelt gratitude for Wen's visit. They noted that the Cambodian royal family felt deep appreciation for the relations China has enjoyed with Sihanouk in the past 40 years and would remain committed to carrying on the friendly policies to China formulated by the King Father Sihanouk himself.
On the same day, Wen also met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen who travelled with King Sihamoni to bring home Sihanouk's body.
Wen said the King Father Sihanouk's death was a great loss to Cambodia and China also lost a great friend, noting that China and Cambodia have forged a profound traditional friendship that has stood the test of history.
China is willing to make joint efforts with the Cambodian side to promote a comprehensive and strategic partnership to score new progress in a bid to benefit the two peoples and maintain regional peace, stability and prosperity, Wen vowed.
Hun Sen, on behalf of the Cambodian government, thanked China for its long-term assistance and support for his country, noting Cambodia-China relations have been an exemplar for international relations.
Cambodia will work closer with China to push forward bilateral ties to a higher level, according to its prime minister.
Born on Oct. 31, 1922, Norodom Sihanouk reigned over Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 till his voluntary abdication on Oct. 7, 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni.
Former Chinese president expresses condolences over death of ex-Cambodian king
Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin sent a message to Cambodian Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk on Monday, expressing condolences over the passing of Cambodian King Father Norodom Sihanouk, who died early Monday at Beijing Hospital.
Jiang said in the message that Sihanouk was an outstanding leader of Cambodia who had dedicated his life to Cambodia's national reconciliation and development, and had made immortal contributions to the realization of peace, stability and prosperity in Cambodia.
Jiang said he met many times with Sihanouk, who was a founder, guardian and propeller of the Sino-Cambodian friendship, and he expressed deep regret over the loss of such a great friend.
Sihanouk would live in the hearts of the Chinese people and the Cambodian people forever, Jiang said.