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China’s Foreign Affairs Minister visits Cambodia to strengthen relations

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Wang Yi, State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, arrives at the Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday. KT/Khem Sovannara

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Affairs Minister, Wang Yi, arrived in the Kingdom yesterday for a two-day visit to strengthen the friendship between the two countries.

During his visit, Wang will meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen, Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, and Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn, according to a ministry statement on Friday.

Bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international issues of common interest and concerns will be discussed, said the statement.

Mr Hun Sen will witness the signing of the Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) and two other important documents, namely the Exchange of Note for the Feasibility Study on the Project of Improvement of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Referral Hospital and the Exchange of Note for the Feasibility Study on the Project of the Municipal Sewerage System Development Project in Preah Sihanouk province, it said.

“The official visit of His Excellency Wang Yi to Cambodia will further strengthen the long-lasting relations of traditional friendship, solidarity, fraternity and fruitful cooperation between Cambodia and China in light of the unprecedented global challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said.

Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute director Kin Phea told Khmer Times yesterday that Wang’s visit is a contribution to promote stronger and deeper China-Cambodia bilateral cooperation.

He said it also contributes to promoting relations between Asean and China because he will also visit some of the other Southeast Asian countries.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wang Yi’s visit has shown the importance of Cambodia amongst the regional countries which have economic growth in Asia as well as the world,” Phea said.

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