Greater Sino-Cambodian effort

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Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on October 13, 2016. JASON LEE/POOL/AFP

China and Cambodia should speed up connecting the Belt and Road Initiative with Cambodia’s development strategy, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.Xi made the remark while meeting Prime Minister Hun Sen at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

The two countries should advance cooperation in five major areas – transportation, production capacity, energy, trade and people’s livelihoods, Xi said.

Noting that last year marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Cambodia diplomatic relations, he said bilateral ties have developed at a high level.

Blueprint for development

The two countries have made deep and practical progress in jointly building the Belt and Road, Xi said, adding that China and Cambodia have maintained close communication and coordination on global and regional affairs.

The development of China-Cambodia relations is facing new opportunities, Xi told Hun Sen.

China would like to make joint efforts with Cambodia, move towards the goal of building a strategic community of a shared future, set the major areas of cooperation and map out the blueprint for development, Xi said.

The president pointed out that China supports Cambodia in upholding a development path that fits the country’s own situation.

China and Cambodia also should focus on cooperation in such areas as politics, economy, security and people-to-people exchanges, Xi said.

The two countries should maintain high-level exchanges, enhance exchanges of governance experience and deepen cooperation under multilateral frameworks including the UN and the China-Asean mechanism, he added.

They also should enhance culture, tourism, cultural relics protection and restoration, and youth exchanges, Xi said.

Hun Sen told Xi that he had visited a major exhibition of China’s reform and opening-up achievements in the past 40 years, and that he was deeply impressed by China’s achievements.

Security cooperation

He said he is glad to see that the Cambodia-China traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperation have been strengthened continuously.

The prime minister expressed gratitude for China’s support and help for his country.

Cambodia would like to jointly build the Belt and Road with China and enhance cooperation in such areas as agriculture, trade, investment, tourism and infrastructure, he said.

The two countries should enhance law enforcement and security cooperation, strengthen communication on global and regional affairs, and continue to support each other on issues related to major concerns, Hun Sen said.

President Xi Jinping was to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Monday. Xi said bilateral relations have developed at a high level. China daily/Asia News Network