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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Cambodian senior legislator meets Chinese counterpart to advance ties

Xinhua | 2012-12-20 1
By Agencies

The first vice-president of Cambodia's Senate Say Chhum met with Wang Zhizhen, vice chairwoman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the top political advisory body, on Thursday, and both sides pledged to promote bilateral ties and cooperation for mutual interests.

"Your visit not only reflects friendship relations, traditional solidarity and long-standing and close cooperation between the two countries, but also encourage us to work actively to serve Cambodia and Cambodian people," Say Chhum said.

Cambodia saw China as a good neighbor, good friend, good brother and good partner, he said, adding that the two countries always supported each other on regional and international issues.

Say Chhum also reiterated Cambodia undoubtedly supports the One- China policy on issues of Taiwan, and China's policies on issues of Tibet, Xinjiang and South China Sea.

He said 2013 is the Cambodia-China Friendship Year and the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Cambodia-China diplomatic ties, so it is very important that the two countries organize various activities to honor the occasion.

Meanwhile, he also expressed sincere thanks to China and Chinese doctors for taking care of Cambodian King Father Norodom Sihanouk until his death on Oct. 15.

Wang extended her condolences over the death of King Father Sihanouk, recalling that the King Father had greatly contributed to maintaining world peace and fostering friendship relations, traditional solidarity and cooperation between China and Cambodia.

She showed her gratitude to Cambodia for its staunch support for China on issues related to China's core interests.

Wang arrived here on Wednesday for a four-day visit at the invitation of the Senate of Cambodia. During the stay, she paid tribute to the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace and will visit the world heritage Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap province.

Cambodia was the last leg of her 3-nation tour after she had visited the United Arab Emirates and Poland.

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