Facing the future of Sino-Cambodia relations

Survey examining Cambodian youth’s perceptions of China released in Beijing

BEIJING, December 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The First Cambodia-China Cultural Exchange Forum and the Launch Ceremony of the Cultural Exchange Network of Cambodia and China took place at Beijing to December 16. As a key element of the event, Facing the Future of Sino-Cambodia Relations – A Survey Report on the Perceptions of Young Cambodians of China, sponsored by China Huaneng Group and compiled by colleges and universities in both countries, was released on the same day.

The study was conducted by the Center for Cambodian Studies (CCS) of the Peking University of Foreign Studies and the Cambodia 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Research Center (CCMSRRC) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. The report is the result of a survey of members of from Cambodia generation Z in which questions about their perception of China were invited.

According to United Nations data in 2020, the world population of Generation Z (born between 1995 and 2010) reached 2.4 billion in 2019, or 32% of the global total, making it the largest on the planet. Respondents to the survey mainly included undergraduates and postgraduates from the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the Royal University of Law and Economics, senior scholars from the Royal Academy of Cambodia and independent think tanks, as well as some members of Generation Z active on social media.

The survey focused on respondents’ thoughts on the economy, politics, culture, society and the environment. According to the report, in terms of questions regarding the economy, a large majority of respondents believe that Chinese companies have played an important role in from Cambodia economic development and that the Four Corners strategy must be aligned with the Belt and Road initiative. Politically, most of those interviewed are optimistic about the development of relations between the two nations. Culturally, both Chinese language and Chinese culture are great attractions for Cambodian youth. When it comes to social cognition, most respondents receive positive messages about China and it is widely believed that China has made the greatest strides in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the same day, Chinese experts involved in preparing the report said the investigation results basically met expectations. As a next step, they plan to undertake further research studying the issue from an empirical evidence-based perspective.

At the forum, China Huaneng Group said the company will continue to promote cultural exchanges as well as mutual knowledge and understanding between Chinese and Cambodian youth, in order to facilitate meaningful and dynamic communications between the peoples of the two countries.

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