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Cambodian PM's visit aims to enhance ties with China


14:25, September 04, 2012

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The two-day visit of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to China had brought closer relations and cooperation in politics, economics, trade, investment and health between the two countries, said a Cambodian senior official on Monday.

Hun Sen visited Urumqi of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China on Sept. 1-2 in order to attend the 2nd China- Eurasia Expo.

Speaking to reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday upon the premier's return from China, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Economy and Finance Aun Porn Moniroth said that during in Urumqi, Prime Minister Hun Sen met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Sept. 2.

"The talk was held in a close and deep atmosphere with the spirit of friendship and close cooperation," he said.

In the meeting, Wen pledged to continue helping Cambodia in developing physical infrastructures, which are the key elements for social and economic development, he said.

Wen also pledged to promote agriculture cooperation between the two countries and would encourage more Chinese companies to invest in rice processing plants in Cambodia, added Moniroth.

In addition, he pledged to assist Cambodia in health sector through human resources training and combating any forms of epidemics.

As the year 2013 is the 55th anniversary of the establishment of China-Cambodia diplomatic relation, the two premiers agreed to organize events to celebrate the anniversary. Wen said Chinese government decided to invite 100 Cambodian youths to visit China next year.

Moreover, Wen expressed his appreciation to Cambodia, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), for its important role in maintaining the overall situation of friendly relations between China and the ASEAN.

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