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Xi Jinping Meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Stressing China and Cambodia Are Good Neighbors, Friends, Partners and Brothers

2013/04/07

On April 7, 2013, President Xi Jinping met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Boao, Hainan province.

Xi pointed out that China and Cambodia have always treated each other with sincerity, shared weal and woe and offered mutual trust and mutual support, with the breath and depth of cooperation in all areas reaching an unprecedented level. As distance tests a horse's stamina, so time reveals a person's heart. China-Cambodia friendship has withstood the test of international vicissitudes. China and Cambodia are good neighbors, friends, partners and brothers, Xi said, adding China-Cambodia relations have become a model of friendly coexistence and close cooperation among countries.

China has attached great importance to Cambodia as well as the countries' bilateral ties, said Xi, adding that China supports Cambodia's efforts in maintaining stability, developing independently and improving people's livelihoods. China is ready to work with Cambodia to maintain high-level contact, enhance party-to-party exchanges and share governance experiences, said the president. He said China will enhance support for Cambodia in infrastructure construction, such as irrigation and water conservancy facilities, roads and bridges. China will also expand the scale of project assistance and concessional loans to Cambodia, he noted. The two sides have decided to establish an intergovernmental coordinating committee to carry out the action plan on the China-Cambodia comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation and push forward bilateral cooperation in all fields, said Xi.

Xi also said China values its strategic partnership with the ASEAN and hopes to strengthen solidarity and mutual trust with ASEAN nations. He called on the two sides to deepen regional cooperation, properly resolve relevant problems through dialogue and consultation and jointly promote regional stability and prosperity. China appreciates Cambodia's positive efforts and is willing to work with Cambodia to steer the China-ASEAN relations in the right direction.

Hun Sen expressed thanks for China's long-term support for Cambodia, adding that since the death of King Father Sihanouk, the Chinese side has rendered great help to his country. He said Cambodia is committed to national stability and development and hopes to enhance its comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation with China. "This is Cambodia's political choice," said Hun Sen, adding that Cambodia will continue to support China on issues concerning its core interests and major concerns. Cambodia is willing to play a positive role in maintaining the healthy development of ASEAN-China relations, he added.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu and Yang Jiechi attended the meeting.

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