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China, Cambodia vow to further enhance ties

Updated: Apr 28,2017 7:27 AM     Xinhua

State Councilor Yang Jiechi (Front L) and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong (Front R) attend the fourth meeting of the China-Cambodia Inter-Governmental Coordination Committee in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on April 27, 2017.[Photo/Xinhua]

PHNOM PENH — China and Cambodia agreed on April 27 to push forward their comprehensive, strategic partnership of cooperation.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who co-chaired the fourth meeting of the China-Cambodia Inter-Governmental Coordination Committee with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, said both sides have earnestly implemented consensus reached between leaders of the two countries and plans set out at the committee’s third meeting.

China, which has attached great importance to the development of comprehensive, strategic partnership of cooperation with Cambodia, will firmly support Cambodia’s development commensurate with its own national condition and help the country maintain stability and improve people’s livelihood, Yang said.

China welcomes the upcoming visit by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and his attendance at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing in May.

For his part, Hor Namhong appreciated China’s long-term assistance and help to Cambodia’s socio-economic development, and welcomed Chinese companies’ participation in Cambodia’s infrastructure projects.

Both sides agreed to boost cooperation in such fields as industrial capacity, traffic, telecommunications, agriculture and water conservancy.

They also pledged to expand bilateral trade to $5 billion by the end of this year, and enhance cooperation in defense and law enforcement as well as in education, culture and tourism.

The two countries agreed to strengthen communication and coordination within the framework of the United Nations and China-ASEAN cooperation.