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Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia

On the morning of January 11, 2018 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.

Li Keqiang expressed that China and Cambodia are close neighbors that enjoy profound traditional friendship. China has always respected Cambodia's sovereignty and independence and firmly supported Cambodia to stick to a development path that suits its national conditions. China stands ready to take the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries as an opportunity to continue intensifying high-level exchanges and deepening practical cooperation in various fields, and enhancing people-to-people and cultural exchanges with Cambodia. At the same time, China will provide assistance for Cambodia to develop economy, particularly in improving people's livelihood, within its capacity and join hands to build a community with a shared future with strategic significance for China and Cambodia.

Li Keqiang stressed that China is willing to better align development strategies with Cambodia and take the joint building of the "Belt and Road" as an opportunity to well grasp important cooperation projects of capacity and investment. Both sides should strengthen cooperation in special economic zone, transportation infrastructure construction, agriculture and deep processing of agricultural products and tourism, expand cooperation in science, education, culture, health as well as at local level and well host series of activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Cambodia diplomatic relations to make the public opinion foundation of China-Cambodia friendship more solid.

Li Keqiang congratulated Cambodia on the successful hosting of the second Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting and pointed out that friendly cooperation between China and Cambodia benefits the people of the two countries and the region. China is willing to, together with Cambodia, continue maintaining close coordination and communication within the LMC mechanism and the framework of cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and make contributions to the development and prosperity of the region.

Hun Sen welcomed Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Cambodia on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and China. He expressed that Premier Li Keqiang's visit will surely further consolidate traditional friendship between Cambodia and China and promote Cambodia-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and the LMC to a new level. China is Cambodia's friendly cooperation partner. Both sides enjoy high-degree political mutual trust, active practical cooperation in various fields and profound traditional friendship between the two peoples. Cambodia thanks China for its long-term and firm support and assistance to the country and wishes the Chinese people to realize the "Two Centenary Goals" at an early date. Cambodia is satisfied with the progress of major projects in highways, ports and construction of special economic zones of the two countries and stands ready to further expand cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and people's livelihood. It is the Cambodian government and people's consensus to consolidate and develop Cambodia-China friendship. The Cambodian side will continue firmly supporting China's legitimate stance on the issues concerning China's core interests. Cambodia is willing to jointly well host the activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations with China and carry forward Cambodia-China traditional friendship.

After the meeting, Li Keqiang and Hun Sen jointly witnessed the signing of 19 bilateral cooperation documents regarding the areas of politics, economy and trade, health, forestry, agriculture and people-to-people and cultural engagement. The two sides also issued the Joint Communiqué between China and Cambodia.

Before the meeting, Hun Sen held a grand welcome ceremony for Li Keqiang at the Peace Palace. When the motorcade drove near the Peace Palace, local primary and middle school students waved the national flags of China and Cambodia and flowers along the two sides of the street to warmly welcome Chinese distinguished guests. Hun Sen shook hands warmly with Li Keqiang. The leaders of the two countries stepped on the review stand together. The military band played the national anthems of both countries. The national flags of the two countries stood out clearly against the white marble. Li Keqiang inspected the guard of honor accompanied by Hun Sen.

On the morning of the same day, Li Keqiang laid a wreath at the Independence Monument of Cambodia and the statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

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