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Cambodia and China Celebrate Cultural Ties Through Murals

PHNOM PENH, May 3, 2024 — In a vivid display of cultural diplomacy, Cambodia and China have embraced the art of mural painting as a bridge to deepen their historical cooperation across various spheres including culture, art, trade, and politics.

On April 26, 2024, the Royal Academy of Cambodia and Jiujiang University of China co-hosted a painting and calligraphy exhibition titled "2024 People-to-People Transformation Celebration." The event, held in Phnom Penh, was organized in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia and the Chinese Calligraphy Association in Cambodia, featuring artworks at the Angkor Art Museum.

Dr. Hang Rithearavuth, Vice President of the Institute of Culture and Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, highlighted the exhibition as a medium for fostering mutual understanding and cultural exchange. "This exhibition, showcasing 29 paintings by students and teachers from both countries, is a testament to the vibrant cultural dialogues between our nations. It's an artistic conduit through which we can appreciate the enduring friendship and shared values between Cambodia and China," he said.

Sok Touch, President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, reflected on the significance of the artworks: "These paintings capture the rich historical and cultural narratives of our countries. They serve not only as decor but also as educational tools that impart the legacy and values of our nations without words."

Visitors, including Hoeun Kimleap, a student, expressed admiration for the craftsmanship and thematic depth of the artworks. "The exhibition is more than an aesthetic experience; it's a profound representation of the strong bonds between Cambodia and China, portraying our longstanding friendship through each brushstroke," Kimleap noted.

The exhibition has been praised for not only strengthening cultural connections but also for illustrating the role of arts in diplomatic relations. "Each painting encapsulates a chapter of Cambodia-China relations, offering insights into our collective past and present. This kind of cultural engagement is crucial for fostering deeper, heartfelt connections between our peoples," added Dr. Rithearavuth.

As Cambodia and China continue to explore new avenues of cooperation, the use of art as a diplomatic tool underscores a shared commitment to understanding and mutual respect, paving the way for a future rich in collaborative endeavors.

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