|Norodom Sihanouk (File photo/ Xinhua)|
Retired Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk died in Beijing early Monday morning at the age of 90. Sihanouk was one of China's closest friends. He reminded us of the close relations between the two countries and provided enlightenment on the future of China's diplomacy.
Chinese society is more familiar with "Prince Sihanouk." His government was overthrown by a US-instigated coup in 1970 because of his persistence in adhering to neutral diplomacy, and his refusal to join the US-dominated Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty. China accepted him at his most difficult time.
It was a high-profile action by China's anti-hegemonic diplomacy. Some Web users think that China's investment into Cambodia is a poor decision. This argument itself is small-minded and populist. These views are totally incompatible with China's fundamental interests.
Cambodia has supported China against moves by Vietnam and the Philippines to make the South China Sea a topic of discussion at ASEAN meetings. This supportive stance was in large part due to China's actions regarding Sihanouk.
China's acceptance of Sihanouk was made in consideration of the national interest; however, it also shined with the brilliance of morality. This action left a deep impression on Southeast Asian countries and Third World countries.
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