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A stadium built with Chinese assistance strengthens Sino-Cambodian ties

Adam Layaan Kurik Riza



Tourists passing along National Road 5 in the northern suburbs of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, may notice a massive “sailing ship-shaped” construction out there, the China-funded Morodok Techo National Stadium.

When Cambodia organizes the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games for the first time in May 2023, the 60,000-seat stadium will be the focal point for tournaments. The project, designed by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) with grant funding from China, began in August 2017 and was finished last month.

The stadium was handed over to Cambodia on Sunday, in the company of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Thong Khon, Cambodian Tourism Minister and President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia said the stadium is a tremendous achievement in Cambodia’s sports sector and a new emblem of Cambodia and China’s unshakable ironclad friendship.

The 39.9-meter-tall tower was created in the shape of a “sailing ship,” with two 99-meter-tall prows, and it was surrounded by an ancient Angkor-style moat.

“The sailing ship represents a long-standing traditional friendship between Cambodia and China since Chinese people used to visit Cambodia by sailing ships in ancient times,” Thong Khon explained.

He claims that the 99-meter-tall prows of the sailing ship-like stadium symbolize the “Sampeah” gesture (in Cambodia, placing both palms together in a prayer-like fashion as a greeting or a method of showing respect), which really embodies Cambodian culture and tradition.

The five-story stadium, which covers a 16-hectare plot of the 85-hectare Morodok Techo National Sports Complex, was built using innovative technology and high-quality materials, he said.

“The CSCEC was very cautious, and it used high-end technology for the stadium’s construction while adhering to all technical standards,” he stated. “The stadium has a seating capacity of 60,000 and is designed to enable for a complete evacuation in seven minutes in the event of an emergency.”

QR codes have also been embedded on each seat, according to him.

The stadium, which was roughly 18 kilometers north of the city, also included a hotel, sportswear and equipment shops, food courts, and other facilities, he claimed. “It would not only help the growth of the sports sector, but it will also operate as a magnet to draw tourists, particularly Chinese visitors, to Cambodia in the post-COVID-19 period.”

The stadium is one of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation projects between Cambodia and China aimed at increasing sports, cultural exchanges, and people-to-people contact.

Hun Sen remarked at the occasion that the stadium was the result of tight cooperation between Cambodia and China and that he never imagined the kingdom would have such a beautiful stadium.

“It’s a new record of Cambodia and China’s unshakable friendship,” he remarked. “Without China’s backing, we would not have had this stadium.”

“I can say that this is only the fruit of our unshakable friendship from the start of the season,” Hun Sen continued.

Meanwhile, Wang said that the stadium was the largest sports complex that China has ever donated to its foreign partners.

“We built this very enormous stadium in Cambodia because our two peoples’ friendship is really deep,” he explained. “I hope that Cambodian citizens and athletes enjoy their sporting activities at this stadium and that Cambodian athletes achieve even greater success at the 2023 SEA Games.”

Phay Siphan, the Cambodian government’s main spokesman, stated that the stadium clearly highlighted China’s special interest in assisting Cambodia’s sports growth.


Source: Xinhua News Agency


UNCHR has urged the international community to continue engaging with the Taliban





Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), stated today that the international community should continue to engage with the Afghan Taliban.

On a news conference Friday during his tour to Pakistan, the UN official stated that the UNHCR is working with the temporary Taliban administration in Afghanistan on humanitarian issues and urged the rest of the world to do the same.

“The Taliban emphasized a desire for humanitarian assistance to be delivered to the country as soon as possible since, as we see ourselves, things are extremely challenging.”

He stated that Afghanistan has been in severe need of financial assistance and that as time passes, the situation will worsen “Everything is required because the situation is dire. Food, medication, housing, and other basic requirements are required.”

He stated that the UNHCR will be able to expand up humanitarian assistance if it is sufficiently supported and resourced.

“It is critical that the international community establish the required direction (and) methods to maintain Afghanistan’s functioning. If public services, such as health care or education, fail and the state fails to operate, it would cause a much worse disaster than a humanitarian crisis.”

When asked about the fresh wave of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan, he stated that roughly 500,000 people had lately been displaced by violence due to fighting in their communities. There is, however, no migration of refugees into neighboring countries, notably Pakistan.

He praised Pakistan for facilitating humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, stating that he received some relief trucks from Pakistan during his visit to Afghanistan.

“Whether it is Pakistani or international donations going through here, we will need to use Pakistan to fly people in and out, as usual, Pakistan will play a very crucial role of assistance to the humanitarian activities within Afghanistan, and I am very happy for that.”


Source: Xinhua News Agency

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During the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, China anticipates 40 million domestic trips

Adam Layaan Kurik Riza



According to the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd., 40 million domestic journeys are expected in China during the four-day travel rush for the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

According to the firm, passenger trips are projected to peak on Sunday, the opening day of the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, with 11 million trips estimated on that day.

The railway passenger flow is likely to return to last year’s levels, according to the business, citing bookings made on, China’s official railway ticket reservation website.

The Mid-Autumn Celebration, which takes place on September 21 this year, is a traditional festival that represents family reunions.

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Global automakers and experts appeal for NEV collaboration

Adam Layaan Kurik Riza



To attain the aim of carbon neutrality, major global automakers and experts have advocated for more extensive collaboration in the field of new energy vehicles (NEVs).

Speaking at the 3rd World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC), international participants stated that because China is the world’s largest auto market, they are eager to collaborate with Chinese partners to combat climate change and create a more beautiful world.

The three-day event, titled “Comprehensively advancing marketization, accelerating cross-industry integration, and collaboratively achieving carbon neutrality,” was held from September 15 to 17 in Haikou, the capital of south China’s Hainan Province.

British Trade Commissioner for China John Edwards said he urges more Chinese companies to seek collaborative opportunities with the UK and assist develop the battery and new energy vehicle markets.

“China and the United Kingdom both have extensive plans for zero-emission vehicles. I am confident that by exchanging ideas and working together, such as at this event, we can accelerate innovation and create a successful environment for meeting our zero-emission car goals “According to Edwards.

BMW, a business that has been active in the Chinese market for decades, has declared its support for China’s green transformation.

By cooperating with Chinese enterprises, the German manufacturer claimed it will deliver more zero-emission vehicles for the Chinese market and extend the number of public charging stations. BMW is forming partnerships with Chinese digital behemoths to assist startups in technological innovation, according to BMW Chief Development Officer Frank Weber in a video speech.

ZF, a global auto-system supplier, has established roughly 50 manufacturing businesses and four R&D centers in more than 20 Chinese cities.

Holger Klein, a member of ZF Group’s management board, stated that the company will continue to improve its innovation and development capabilities, as well as promote digital manufacturing for the Chinese NEV market, in order to contribute to China’s sustainable development and next-generation mobility.

Noting that China is the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, Hans Georg Engel, senior executive vice president of Daimler Greater China Ltd., stated that the company will establish an R&D center in Beijing with over 1,000 engineers and will continue to invest in China to improve its research capabilities.

Daimler, in particular, will focus on the research and development of electric vehicles and battery technology in order to give personalized goods to Chinese consumers, he added.

According to Liu Yunfeng, vice CEO of Volkswagen Group China, the German carmaker Volkswagen wants to create 17,000 high-power charging sites in China before 2025 and 32,000 by 2030, emphasizing that reaching carbon neutrality takes work from every country around the world.

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO of the Global Environment Facility, reiterated Liu’s views, urging intense cooperation in terms of technologies and markets to aid the development of the NEV industry in developing nations.


Source: Xinhua News Agency

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