Founded in September 1964 Khmer-Chinese Friendship Association was originally established to promote relations between Cambodia and China. Fearing a Maoist influence Prince Sihanouk banned the association from Cambodia as well as ending all other programs with ties outside the nation. With many associated with the organization were imprisoned. Soon after a new organization, The National Committee for Khmer-Chinese Friendship was established protesting the disbanding of the Khmer-Chinese Friendship Association. Though pro-Chinese sentiment continued to exist in Cambodia, the faction was eradicated with the rise of Communist Party of Kampuchea, as the Khmer Rouge targeted ethnic Chinese and supporters for execution.