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Chinese vice president expresses condolence to Cambodia's former queen


16:18, October 15, 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) visits Cambodian Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk to express condolences and sympathies for the death of Cambodian King-Father Norodom Sihanouk in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 15, 2012. Norodom Sihanouk died due to illness at the age of 90 early Monday morning in Beijing. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited Cambodia's former Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk on Monday morning to express his condolence and sympathy following the death of former King Norodom Sihanouk.

Xi, on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Chinese government and the people, expressed deep condolence and sincere sympathy to the former queen, King of Cambodia Norodom Sihamoni, other members of the royal family, the Cambodian government and the people.

"We are greatly shocked and grieved to learn that His Majesty former King Sihanouk died this morning in Beijing," Xi said after a silent tribute in front of a portrait of Sihanouk, who died of illness at the age of 90 early Monday morning.

Xi said Sihanouk, a great leader loved and esteemed by the Cambodian people, devoted his life to national independence and peaceful development of his country.

He spoke highly of Sihanouk as an old friend of the Chinese people, who forged a profound friendship with generations of Chinese leaders and made an indelible contribution to create and cultivate China-Cambodia relations. Xi said Sihanouk would live in the hearts of Chinese and Cambodian people forever.

Xi said he believed that the friendship between the two nations would continue and develop.

Monineath thanked Xi for his visit. She said former King Sihanouk was a loyal, old and good friend of the Chinese people, who pursued a long-term friendly policy towards China and lived in the country for a long period.

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