Japan to support Cambodia's economic growth after peace process

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday that Japan will continue to support Cambodia in its economic development after its peace process, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

During roughly 30 minutes of talks held on the sidelines of Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related meetings, Kishida and Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong agreed on the need for more Japanese companies to invest in Cambodia, and Namhong expressed hope for further investment by Japan.

As China has continued to exert increased influence in the South China Sea, Kishida stressed the importance of "rule of law," according to the ministry.

The ministers also shared a recognition that next month's national election in Cambodia needs to be held fairly. Namhong said his country will conduct the election in a manner that is fair, democratic and transparent.