Chinese president, premier at final ceremony in Beijing
PHNOM PENH ( Cambodia Herald) – Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao paid their final respects to the late King Father Wednesday before the body was flown to Phnom Penh, the China Daily reported.
The US edition of the official English-language newspaper, said President Hu expressed his “deepest grief” during a ceremony at Beijing Hospital.
“Although Sihanouk has passed away, he will live in the two peoples’ hearts forever as a symbol of China-Cambodia friendship,” the Chinese president reportedly said.
According to the newspaper, Hu called on Chinese and Cambodians “to learn from the past and move on to write a new chapter in bilateral relations.”
In addition to President Hu and Premier Wen, the newspaper said the ceremony was also attended by State Councilors Ma Kai, Meng Jianzhu and Dai Bingguo.
“Hu presented a wreath at the ceremony, as well as observed a moment of silence and bowed three times in front of Sihanouk’s body, upon arriving at the hospital.”
The newspaper said former president Jiang Zemin also laid a wreath along with Politburo Standing Committee members Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang.
Other wreathes were given by “several former Chinese leaders” as well as the CPC Central Committee, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the State Council, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the Central Military Commission.
The report added that Chinese flags were flown at half-mast Wednesday at Xinhuamen, the main entrance of the headquarters of the CPC central committee and government.
Chinese flags were also flown at half mast at the Great Hall of the People, Tiananmen Square and the Foreign Ministry as well as the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh, the newspaper said.