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Top political advisor to attend Sihanouk's funeral


08:59, February 01, 2013

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin will attend the royal cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Father Norodom Sihanouk on Feb. 4 in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing that Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, will also pay an official goodwill visit to Malaysia from Feb. 4 to 7 at the invitation of the country's government.

During his visit to Cambodia from Feb. 3 to 4, Jia will meet with Sihanouk's wife Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen to convey the grief of the 1.3 billion Chinese people to the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, Hong said.

The top political advisor will express China's firm willingness to make joint efforts with Cambodia to push forward the bilateral traditional friendship from generation to generation, according to Hong.

Jia will also exchange views with the Cambodian side to further deepen China-Cambodia comprehensive strategic cooperation and on international and regional issues of common concern, Hong said.

During his visit to Malaysia, Jia will hold a series of meetings with its leaders on promoting bilateral strategic cooperation and other issues. He will also attend the launch ceremony of a cooperative industrial park, according to Hong.

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