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China key strategic partner of Cambodia, ASEAN: Cambodian PM (2)

(Xinhua)

08:06, April 05, 2012

"During his visit here, Hu Jintao did not tell me that I have to do this or that; it is not in the practice of Chinese policy. I have been working with China for more than 20 years, I have never faced, never heard that any Chinese leaders ordered Cambodia to do this or that," he said.

Terming as "silly" media speculation that China had made Cambodia keep the South China Sea issue off the summit's agenda, Sen criticized those analysts, saying that they were "unaware of the procedures of ASEAN."

"There is no hindrance from China to work with ASEAN to solve the South China Sea issue. It cannot be solved with an outside country and Cambodia will resist any attempt by such a nation as well," he said, adding that economic ties between the two countries showed China's non-conditional nature in handling international relations.

He said China is a big country, but always respects the decision of other countries unlike some countries which cut assistance when Cambodia did not do as they wish.

"Cambodia is a small country, but it is welcomed by China, it is a great honor for us," he said.

Hun Sen said that during the visit of Hu Jintao, the two countries vowed to double their bilateral trade volume to 5 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 from 2.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2011.

"In the past, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and I vowed to push the two-way trade volume to 2.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, but just in 2011, we had achieved that target--it was four years earlier than the target," he said.

"We have seen the momentum of the bilateral trade between Cambodia and China, so the two countries decided to promote the bilateral trade to 5 billion in 2017."

"The development of China brings prosperity to all countries in ASEAN, the region and the world," said the premier.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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