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Li Keqiang Meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen via Video Link
2021-11-15 15:37

On the afternoon of November 15, 2021, Premier Li Keqiang met with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen via video link at Ziguang Pavilion of Zhongnanhai leadership compound.

Li Keqiang said that China and Cambodia are close neighbors with a profound traditional friendship. Practical cooperation between the two countries in various fields has achieved continuous progress. China attaches great importance to developing China-Cambodia relations. Mr. Prime Minister visited China last year as promised at the height of the pandemic, and President Xi Jinping met with you. Your visit shows Cambodia's support for the Chinese people's fight against the pandemic. China will continue to support Cambodia in pursuing a development path suited to its national conditions, and is ready to continue to provide support and assistance within its capacity to Cambodia for pandemic prevention and control, economic recovery and the improvement of people's livelihoods.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China is willing to maintain high-level exchanges with Cambodia and consistently consolidate mutual political trust. He hopes that the two sides will take the entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the China-Cambodia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as an opportunity to further dovetail the development strategies of the two countries, deepen cooperation in infrastructure, production capacity, economy and trade and promote regional economic integration, and the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment to bring more benefits to the two countries and the region. China is ready to work with Cambodia to increase trade in agricultural products and import more specialty and quality agricultural products from Cambodia. China supports Cambodia in hosting the upcoming Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit to further promote practical cooperation between Asia and Europe. China firmly supports ASEAN's centrality in the regional architecture, supports ASEAN in playing a bigger role in regional and international affairs, and supports Cambodia in assuming the rotating presidency of ASEAN next year to promote the greater development of China-ASEAN relations.

Hun Sen said that Cambodia and China are ironclad friends who have always stood firmly together in difficult times. The Cambodian side thanked China for providing strong support and assistance for Cambodia's economic and social development, and highly appreciated China's achievements in pandemic prevention and control as well as economic recovery. With China's support, Cambodia has also made major achievements in pandemic prevention and control. The two sides have overcome the impact of the pandemic and made positive progress in cooperation in various fields. Cambodia hopes to strengthen cooperation with China in agriculture, infrastructure, public health, education and culture, and ensure that the Cambodia-China FTA will take effect as scheduled next year to lift bilateral trade to a new high. Cambodia is ready to step up coordination and cooperation with China to push for positive outcomes at the ASEM Summit and upgrade China-ASEAN relations.

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

Wang Yi attended the meeting.

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