PHNOM PENH, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The China-Cambodia relations are at the all-time high thanks to frequent exchanges of visits by leaders of the two countries, a Cambodian top academician said on Friday.
"The current ties between Cambodia and China have reached the highest-ever in our history," Sok Touch, president of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, the kingdom's highest academic institution, said during a forum on Sino-Cambodian relations.
He said the two countries had enjoyed all-round cooperation, particularly in politics, economy, trade, investment, culture and tourism.
Sok Touch attributed the best ties to the frequent exchanges of high level visits between the two countries and their mutual support for issues related to each side's core interests.
"Looking toward to the future, the (Cambodia-China) relationship will be better, and I believe that Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will continue to further deepen this relationship for mutual benefit," he said.
China is the largest source of foreign direct investment in Cambodia. By the end of 2016, Chinese direct investment in Cambodia totaled 11.2 billion U.S. dollars. On the trade side, the two-way trade volume reached 4.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 and was expected to hit 5 billion U.S. dollars in 2017.
On the tourism front, China is the largest source of tourists to the Southeast Asian nation, with 830,000 Chinese holidaymakers traveling to Cambodia last year and the number is expected to reach 1 million this year.
China and Cambodia established diplomatic ties in 1958.
Speaking at the forum, Academician Sorn Samnang, an advisor to the Cambodian government, said "mutual trust, respect, and support" had elevated the Sino-Cambodian relations to a "new high."
He added that the close ties between the two countries had importantly contributed to ensuring peace, stability and development in Cambodia and in the region.